Thursday, January 27, 2011

Does God care what I eat?

In my study of food in the Bible, I came across something intriguing right from the start. In Genesis 3, we have a record of the first sin or wrongdoing: in short, Eve ate a piece of fruit and then gave some to Adam. So what? God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of that particular tree. I find it interesting that the first wrong doing on earth was about eating and now most of us think that God doesn’t concern himself with what we eat.
In Genesis 3:13, Eve is quoted saying, “The serpent [Satan] deceived me and I ate”. Many men and women (including me) are still saying this. Satan deceives us saying, “If you eat _______, or eat more of ______ then you’ll feel better, you’ll be comforted by the food.” But really it leaves our stomachs aching and our hearts and souls still empty. I believe that only Jesus can fill the emptiness we feel, and that I can go to him for true comfort.
For Adam and Eve it was black and white – they could eat any seed-bearing plant except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:16-17). For us there are more shades of grey. Perhaps a question to ask yourself is, “Why am I eating this?” Am I using the food to nourish my bodies or to satiate a void in my soul?


Leah said...

I would agree and I think that food can be used as a comfort and even an escape for many people (I know that I have done this many times). It is a good question to ask... "why am I eating this"... But I also think that God gives us food for our enjoyment as well, right?

Karen Kelly said...

Good point, I definitely agree. Food is a great pleasure in life that God gives us and the Bible speaks over and over about times to feast!

Michelle B said...

I know for me, sometimes snacking can really be an addiction. A lot of it comes from boredom, or stress...which we should let God deal with in the first place.

Karunasolomon said...

Wowwwwww Karen..........I LOVE THIS BLOG..GREAT JOB!!!
I totally agree with the Topic.."Does God care what I Eat?"
Keep up the good work:)God bless:)

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