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.
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?
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