Sunday, December 30, 2012
I really, really want to eat right now. I want chocolate and bread and peanut butter and whatever else I can get my hands on. But I only have 45 calories left for the day, so I really can't eat anything else. (Oh, maybe it's less than that; I forgot to enter the green beans I ate.)
It's crazy, this feeling that I really, really want to eat. I know it's borne out of habit; I was feeling a little stressed and so I want to eat, or I've been nibbling on chocolate...who am I kidding, I'm not nibbling, I'm devouring chocolate!
But today, tonight, right now, I will not give in to the temptation to eat. Just today in Sunday School, we discussed 1 Corinthians 10:13: "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it." (NASB) The Message says it this way: "No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it."
So, if I am tempted right now to eat, and I know that I've eaten enough calories for the day and most of it was good food, then I can know that God will help me through the temptation to eat, especially to eat those things that are tasty, but not so good to eat in huge quantities--like chocolate!
I mean, really, I've had enough to eat, so why should I want to eat more? Can I trust God to help me overcome this temptation? If I can't, how can I be a witness to others of the power of God to help you overcome? But the truth is, according to God's Word, that I CAN overcome! And I will! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)