Food is a great blessing God has given us to enjoy. But eating is not the primary purpose in life – living for God and bringing glory to Him is! The purpose of eating food is that we might have healthy, strong bodies to accomplish God’s will each day.
Food addiction is extremely common in our culture today. Those who make processed foods study carefully to be sure that they create just the right combination of fat/salt/sugar to keep us craving more and more of their products. Many of us learned to be comforted with milk as babies when we cried during the night. And many parents show love by giving comfort foods, sweets, desserts, junk food, and other foods that are just not very nutritionally sound.
The purpose of food is to fuel our bodies. We make decisions about what we eat based on what our bodies need to function at their best.
- We choose the proper gasoline for our cars based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. We only put gasoline in our cars so that our cars can perform well and accomplish the purpose for which we bought them.
- We only feed our pets food that is healthy for them so that they will have the longest possible life and best health. We don’t give table scraps to them because we know that could make them sick and that they need a very specialized diet that mimics what they would be able to eat in nature based on the way God designed their bodies.
We can choose healthy foods like whole grains (quinoa, oats, brown rice), non genetically modified foods, preservative-free foods, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats (raised without hormones or antibiotics), healthy fats (coconut, olive, avocado, nuts), organic dairy, less processed food and more natural foods.
Interestingly, as we cut out unhealthy things like artificial sweeteners, sugar, fried foods, chemicals, soft drinks, and unhealthy fats – and as we focus on making more wholesome choices, we lose our addiction to the unhealthy foods. It may take a week or so, but when you cut out the unhealthy foods, you begin to lose your taste for the comfort foods, junk, sweets, and snacks and the cravings go away. Interestingly, healthy food begins to taste better, as well.
Instead of thinking, “I need to eat this piece of cake for comfort,” I can choose to go to God, praising Him, prayer, and His Word for comfort.
Food doesn’t bring emotional or spiritual healing. When we abuse food – it brings more problems and makes our bodies and souls feel worse – and even creates disease in our bodies over time. We don’t talk about it much these days, but gluttony is a sin according to Scripture. Eating just for the sake of eating, eating out of boredom, eating for comfort, or eating just to indulge in the sensuality of eating something that tastes good without regard for the consequences – these things are a problem in God’s eyes!
Is this something for which I need to repent? Eating food wisely so that I am a godly steward of my body and health is a blessing. Then I can choose to see food as a fuel source rather than as a comfort. It is possible to have food as an idol in my heart – something I desire more than Christ, or something I trust more than Christ to give me fulfillment, joy, peace, and satisfaction. But food can never meet my deepest emotional and spiritual needs!
I believe it is important to check our motives:
- Do I want to eat this because I want to take the best care of my body?
- Do I believe that others show love to me through comfort foods?
- Do I try to show love to others through comfort foods?
- Is it possible for people to love each other in other ways?
- Can people love each other by sharing healthy food?
- Am I looking to food for emotional fulfillment?
- Am I trying to escape from emotional/spiritual pain by eating this food?
- Am I truly hungry and would this choice be a wise choice for my body in God’s eyes?
If you are struggling with a food addiction or with anorexia/bulimia – please seek godly guidance and experienced help so that you can find God’s healing and wholeness in this important area of your life. God doesn’t want us to be addicted to anything other than Himself. Every other addiction is destructive and sinful. If you are unsure how to start a healthy diet – please check with a trusted doctor, registered dietician, or a reputable website about nutrition.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive… So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:23, 31
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Much love to each of you, my beautiful sisters!
Is Gluttony a Sin? – from GotQuestions.org