Monday, February 5, 2018

Daily Food

Food is such a complex subject, isn't it?

Few of us use food wisely; yet none of us can totally cut it out of our lives. The consequences would be too dire.

Food can be comforting or sickening. It can be warm and filling; too much of it can leave us feeling bloated and distressed.

It's like most things in life - finding a balance.

Balance is a hard thing for us all-or-nothing types. If we have a problem with balance it can often be seen on our frames, both the indulging in food, yet nothing in physical activity, or the workaholic who "works her fingers down to the bone."

Could food be the source of all the ills in human existence? Was it not a piece of fruit Eve reached for that started us on our downward spiral?

I'm oversimplifying ... the real issue was Eve thought God was holding back something good from her.

Maybe that is still the problem ... we want to consume because there is a fear there may not be more.

Scripture tells us God gives all His creation food:

The eyes of all look to you in hope;
    you give them their food as they need it.
When you open your hand,
    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

Psalm 145:15-16

Notice the phrase, “as they need it.” I’m reminded the Gospels report Jesus saying “Give us our daily bread,” when He was teaching us how to pray. Luke put it with a little different twist by saying, “Give us day by day our daily bread.”

God intends for us to trust Him for food, and for everything else as well, on a day by day basis.

After all, the past is over, we’ve no guarantee of the future. All we really have is the here and now.

We can look to Him expectantly. He is a generous Father who satisfies and gives what we need. No more, no less.

I’m learning to live in the daily, receiving each day what I need. It’s not wrong to plan ahead and save for the future, I just shouldn’t be consumed by it. I can trust Him to supply even when the days ahead seem bleak.

He’s a good, good Father, you know …


Do you find it hard to maintain balance? Can you live in the moment, trusting God for tomorrow? What works for you?

I'm linking this post with the community at Inspire Me Monday and Jennifer Dukes Lee's #TellHisStory.


Sue Donaldson said...

absolutely ! it is a tricky balance - planning yet living in the moment. I feel like I'm easy going until I'm not! Great encouragement to trust God Now for my NOW needs. Particularly difficult as a parent - yes? yes.

Betty Draper said...

I try not to strive for a balance life as much as I strive to live a flexible life. Years of living in third world countries helped me to live this way. I find it harder to do in the states due to most things start on time and people want a set time as to when you will arrive and leave. Good post.

Bethany McIlrath said...

Yes- balance. So hard to balance! What an encouragement to be reminded that it's God who gives, and He gives what we need.

blestbutstrest said...

Balance is difficult, isn't it? I know that my day feels most balanced when I anchor it in time with Jesus each morning.

MY MUSINGS said...

I was just saying these things to my son yesterday! God gives us TODAY~ We must live in today where our LORD provides what we need, and sometimes what we desire. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and it is still today!

Today is the first day of the Lenten season. This is the first year I want to follow Jesus closely during this next 40 days, and surrender my food choices to the LORD. Pray and draw close to Him. Wait on Him.

Ps 119:57
Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.
PS 27:14
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.