There is no question, I like food. I’m sure you do too. But what is the purpose of the food I put in my mouth? Is it to nourish my body? Is it to satisfy an unmet need? Is it my answer to stress? Why do I open, insert, chew and swallow?
I can rationalize these questions, twist them in various ways and make it sound “okay to do,” but when I opened up my Bible for daily devotions, this scripture caused me to choke!
“But food does not bring us near to God.” I Corinthians 8:8
I’m busted right there in that Scripture. Here’s what I mean…
Our bodies need food for nourishment. Therefore, I should eat what is needed for nourishing my body. That is the purpose of food. Food was not design to replace God. (Take a deep breath if I am pinching you right now…) The reality is this in my life, when I am stressed, I eat. There, I said it. It is out in the open. When I am angry, I eat. When I am lonely, I snack. When I … well, this list could get quite long, so I will move on.
The truth that I am swallowing today and maybe you need to chew on this a bit longer is this: When I turn to food in my moment of need (stress, anger, sadness, loneliness) I am replacing God with food. Doesn’t that turn the tables on it and shed light on this verse:
“But food does not bring us near to God,” I Corinthians 8:8
When I emotionally eat, I am putting food first, not God. Ouch! I need some band-aids over here!
So, today, I am choosing to ask myself these questions, maybe you will too:
– Am I hungry or do I want to eat because of an emotion?
– Is what I am putting into my mouth going to nourish my body and give it the energy it needs to do all I have to accomplish?
If I answer, “Yes, I am hungry and yes, it will nourish my body,” then I am going to eat it. However, if I answer, “No, I am not hungry, I am ___________,” then I will choose to not eat it.
The bottom line in life is this: There are choices. We control what what we will answer “yes or no” to.
“Choose this day whom you will serve,” (Joshua 24:15, NIV)
If you want to join me on this new journey of choosing God over emotional eating, leave me a comment. Let’s do it together, one bite (or not) at a time!