The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13
The first sin occurred over the taste of food. You know the story, or do you? Most people know about Adam and Eve. Satan called attention to the forbidden tree loaded with luscious looking fruit. Eve was quick to reply. She said, “We can eat from every tree except that one. God said if we ate that fruit, we would die.”
Satan sneered. “You won’t die. God knows if you eat that fruit, you will be smart and know the difference between good and evil.”
Satan taunted Eve. He appealed to more than appetite. Who could resist wanting to be like God? She failed to understand what it meant to be like her Creator. She caved in to his deception. It was a simple bite of some delicious fruit, usually identified as an apple, but one knows if the unnamed fruit existed beyond Eden. Perhaps it was special only for that time and place. What we do know is that it was too tempting for Eve to resist. Genesis 3:6 says, “When [Eve] saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.”
First, Eve gazed at that fruit. She saw that it looked good. We can sympathize with her. How often have we been attracted to pictures of delectable foods? We may not be hungry, but the sight triggers our brain to transpose that image into a desire to taste. What happens when we see tempting displays of decadent desserts on a buffet line? Sometimes temptations becomes too great to refuse.
Satan lied to Eve by suggesting that the fruit would give wisdom she could not otherwise get. Who doesn’t want wisdom? We listen to foolery about certain foods or supplements that may cause harm instead of helping. But the temptation was too much for Eve. We are often misled today. Some want to believe untruths so badly, they willingly gamble their very lives by consuming foods or products that sometimes prove deadly.
Like a good wife, Eve shared with her husband. According to Scripture, Adam was there all the time. He knew what God said. Never do we hear that he sought to rebuke Satan or caution his wife. He willingly went alone with whatever she decided.
Until this time, the Bible mentions neither food or eating. From that moment forward, mankind has struggled by the sweat of the brow to put food on the table and into the mouths of a family.
Who are we listening to about food? Do we, like Eve, challenge known consequences by eating certain foods? God wants us to make wise food selections. And like Eve, it’s our choice.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. John 14:16-17a (NLT)
Do we sometimes feel alone in our battle against weight? Rest assured, we aren’t by ourselves. With more than two-thirds of Americans either overweight or obese, I suspect many feel the same way. Millions of people need or want to lose weight. As Jesus’ followers, we have one who will always be available to help.
Jesus was with his disciples in human form, but He could not be in different places at the same time. He promised his followers before he left this earth that He would never leave or forsake them. He promised that God would send help to dwell within each of them and us all the time.
After Jesus ascended to heaven, He went to our heavenly Father and requested a comforter for his followers. God sent a comforter―advocate to help as we face trials and difficulties. We know this Advocate as the Holy Spirit. But this advocate does more. He is with us in the everyday challenges of life.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth. Jesus no doubt referred to spiritual truth, however, our Advocate helps us make wise decisions in all things. God cares about our physical well-being, and when we acknowledge and trust the Holy Spirit, He will guide us to make appropriate choices, including food.
Friends may come and go, but the Holy Spirit is always with those who believe in and follow Jesus. The next time we feel alone and despondent because of our weaknesses, let’s remember the Holy Spirit stands with us and for us in all things, even the food we eat.
Do we think of ourselves as fat? Why? Do others agree? If so, how do we feel about it?
You may read this blog because you have an interest in losing weight or you desire to help someone close to you find the courage to shed excess pounds.
Health care standards say that on the BMI scale a reading between 19 and 24 is the preferred weight for optimum health. A BMI between 25-30 is considered overweight. Figures above 30 represent obesity. See how your weight ranks. That will give you a starting point.
We are familiar with the grim health statistics for obesity. Many have been advised by their physicians to lose weight to help some physical problem. Many readers want to look better and believe that losing a few pounds will accomplish their goal. There’s nothing wrong with that either.
Some have tried many times to lose weight and have failed. We overeat or make unwise choices. And if honest, we know foods are tempting, yet we yield. Are we destined to weigh more than health charts suggest? A small number of people are predestined to remain overweight―but a very few. While past studies insisted the obese can be just as healthy as their thin brothers and sisters, current research tells us that isn’t so.
How does God feel about our weaknesses toward unwise food choices? Will he smite us if we fail in our weight-loss efforts? What about those who struggle and can’t get those pounds off?
First, know that God uniquely created each of us. He loves us and desires what is best for our lives, every part, including size. God wants us to stay as healthy as possible.
Together let’s study the Scriptures to determine whether or not God cares if we are fat. And then we can work and pray together for answers to become nourished in body and spirit.
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body
as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2