A couple of recent examples are these. Two weeks ago I had to have a filling on my upper left side and a bonding done on my lower right side of my teeth. So My lower right lip and gum were numb as well as my upper left lip and gum. Since it was lunch time I stopped @ MickyD and got a chicken sandwich, thought I’d go light since it was immediately after dental work. Crazy me I couldn’t even tell where to chew the sandwich so I had to throw that $5 chicken away, but, and this is the even crazier part I thought I know I’ll get a milk shake One large strawberry shake, hold the whip and add the cherry. Well guess what that didn’t go well either almost choked on the cherry and it was a dismal attempt at sinful eating.
That said, todays passage reminds me that what I need is nourishment of the soul. I need more than “chicken soup for the soul” I need real, lasting and settled satisfaction and fullness. I have felt that a good meal would bring fulfillment to my heart. Alas, my girth and my body reveal that you cannot do battle with a spiritual problem using physical tools of warfare. I have done weight watchers, medifast, Daniel diet, Atkins diet, 10 bananas a day had gastric bypass surgery. All worked, I lost weight, restricted my quantity of food by surgery but in the end all have failed to give me the desired outcome.
After the gastric bypass I quickly surmised that I could not eat a quarter-pounder or a dozen donuts in one setting, but I could eat two quarter pounders in about 2 hours by eating a little at a time. So what happened, I learned to eat around my spiritual problem and regained what I lost on all those programs. I am not bashing those programs they all worked, but the real true spiritual problem was not addressed. I ate but was not satisfied .
Why all this now, because I realize that there is a heart need. I do not overeat because of some genetic predisposition, boredom, or to be social, or because the food tastes good. I overeat because internally I feel empty, I am attempting to feed my soul by feeding my body.
Jesus said Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Help me today dear Lord to understand this and be able to tell the enemy that I am choosing to obey God rather than my belly.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
John 6:27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
Blessings to you. Until next time my friend🙏 and family.