I have a confession to make. I love food. I was going to call myself a foodie, until I looked up the definition on Urban Dictionary…”A person who has no actual interests or hobbies…a douchebag who likes food”…So, I’m not a foodie- I just love food…And I’m one of those people that has a problem called “emotional eating”. When I’m sad, angry, or bored, I want to eat. A lot. To the point where I feel kind of sick. And every time I do that, I hate myself for it. I vow to never do it again…but a few days or weeks later, there I go, chowing down food like it’s going out of style. It’s a vicious cycle that fills me with guilt every time.
Then this past Sunday, I heard a challenging sermon about the holiness of God. The example was used from Leviticus 19:1-8, how God desired the people of Israel to worship Him, and the swift judgment on those who profaned Him and His temple. The pastor reminded us how God is still the same, even if the times are not. God still calls us to worship Him in holy reverence. Then….then, we read this verse…
“Do you not discern and understand that you are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]? If anyone does hurt to God’s temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are.” 1Cor. 3:16-17 AMP
I know this verse. I’ve heard it and read it countless times. But I let myself meditate on it and it’s meaning. My holy, majestic God wants His Spirit to live in me. How do I present my body? Is it acceptable to Him? Where does gluttony fit in here?
Gluttony is over-indulgence, and over-consumption of food, drink or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste. So when I stuff my face with food; when I use food to try to push down sadness or boredom; when I have 5 cookies when 1 would have been enough; when I eat so much that I feel sick; when I eat too much fatty or sugary food that I know isn’t good for my body…I’m being a glutton.
And Proverbs tells me this- “The glutton shall come to poverty.” (23:2) Poverty is lacking something necessary.
So when I indulge in gluttony, I defile my body, which is HIS holy temple. God cannot dwell where sin or uncleanness is…so I lack His Presence- a vital part of my spiritual life!
There it is. That’s why it is such a struggle for me. This is about more than food. There’s a spiritual battle going on here. When I choose over-eating, I’m sinning…and I’m telling God that I don’t respect His holiness. I’m not trusting in Him to fill my needs, without food.
I don’t believe it’s wrong to love food. God created me with my five senses, and I believe He wants me to take pleasure in good food. So yes, I love food. I love cooking it, baking it, and eating it. Especially eating it! But I don’t want life to be about my over-indulgence with food.
The all-powerful, all-knowing God wants to live in me. That alone should make me fall down to my knees in worship. But even more than that- He loves me! I don’t deserve His Love and Grace. But He pours it out anyway.
I don’t know your story…maybe you struggle with food like I do. You’re sick and tired of eating to the point of feeling sick and guilty. Or maybe food isn’t the problem. Maybe it’s another addiction, something that has got you wrapped tight, struggling to break free. I hope you turn to my Father. I hope you have faith to trust in Him to break the chains. I pray that you could catch even just a glimpse of His Holy splendor…and His all-consuming Love.
“For life is more than food…” Luke 12:23 AMP