Thursday, April 18, 2013
For several months now I've been reading the devotional "Jesus Calling." It's a very good devotional; I recommend it. Written from the perspective of God speaking to us, and I have experienced God speaking to me through this devotional just what I need to hear for that particular day. For instance, today's entry included a reference to Exodus 16:15-20, where it is described how the Israelites were to gather only the manna they needed for that day. They were not to hoard any extra overnight, or it would spoil and be full of maggots.
It struck me that such a thing is what we need to do when it comes to relying on God. If I try to "bank up," as it were, my devotional time with God, I tend to forget what he's done. I think this is the answer to the quandary of being one who looks in a mirror to see what they look like, then forgetting what I look like when I turn away from the mirror.
Every day, every hour, every moment, I need to remind myself WHOSE I am. I belong to the Lord. I am not my own. My decisions are not my own. I must look to the One who made me in order to be His servant. So, for the time being, I'm going to blog as often as possible about trusting in God in this journey. "Made to Crave" is a great way to do this!
5. Would you say you are spiritually well fed, spiritually malnourished or somewhere in between? Have you ever tried to use food to satisfy your feelings of spiritual hunger? What was the result?
I think I could spend a whole blog talking about spiritual "nutrition," but that's not the focus of this question. The point is, am I using food to satisfy myself spiritually rather than going to God? Well, any time I go to food to satisfy me, especially at times of stress, then I am obviously going to food rather than to the One who can really help. When I do this, I am distancing myself from God. Not that He leaves, for He promised that when we believe, He neither leaves nor forsakes us. But it's as though I am ignoring His presence. And why would I want to do that?
6. If we find certain foods impossible to walk away from, this is a clue that we are being ruled by food on some level. Are there foods you can't or won't deny yourself in order to make a healthier choice? Why are these foods especially important to you? What thoughts and feelings arise when you think about potentially giving them up?
If I think of one food it would be impossible to walk away from, it would have to be chocolate. (And maybe coffee, but I drink that black, so there isn't a calorie issue there. Maybe other issues, but not calories!) What would my life be without chocolate?
It may be good to give up chocolate for a while in order to wrestle with this issue. But it's not so much giving up the food item forever as it is giving up its control over me, if indeed it has control.