I struggle to learn obedience in eating. Addicted to food, I shove aside the spiritual for the physical.
I once kept Hershey kisses in the refrigerator. One afternoon, I was drawn to the kitchen—not hungry but either stressed or bored—with visions of chocolate dancing in my head. I stopped before opening the refrigerator door, and said aloud, “Ok, God, these kisses would taste great and make me feel so good. Can You do better than that?”
What happened next is difficult to explain. A quiet peace fell over me. I didn’t want the candy. I wanted God. I realized that nothing tastes as good as being close to Jesus feels.
God blessed me with this weakness to teach me that nothing He creates is ever meant to satisfy my desires. Everything looks delicious, but the taste? Disappointment. Again.
A frustrated friend once asked, “Why doesn’t God take the fat away?” Yes, He’s powerful enough. Imagine what would happen if God removed the consequences of indulging in food, drink, or anything else. Would we ever stop? If God didn’t nudge me to think of Him instead, I would be many times my current size.
The Holy Spirit lives in me and guides me through all the lessons of life. Will I push Him aside? I can only blame myself if I ignore His guidance. My relationship with Him is more wonderful than anything I could ever put into my mouth, mind, or body.
Reach for God today instead of things He has created.
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