Careful What I Crave

Careful What I Crave

I recently finished a wonderful book called, “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst.   This book perfectly describes the challenges I've faced in my efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. It overflows with great tips and encouragement.  Best of all, she provides Bible-based teaching on how I can glorify God by holding food to its proper place in my life.

This book offers Biblical explanations on the way that unhealthy eating habits, the consumption of excessive quantities of food, and negligence of exercise are examples of the sin of gluttony.  When I allow these behaviors to take over my life, it elevates them to a higher place than God.  This is idolatry.  It can send me into a destructive cycle in which I’m unhappy when I deny myself certain foods, only to feel guilty when I consume them.  This is not the overcoming life that God intended for me - it is bondage.  At this point the book makes a statement that cuts through all the confusion, “Temptation is temptation.  Desire is desire.”

It is easy to see other situations where sinful temptations and desires should be resisted as with sexual sin, lying, or stealing.  But unhealthy food, the source of my temptation, is socially acceptable.  I can freely indulge in my desire to overeat without immediate consequences.  Because of this, it is easy to fool myself into thinking that it is OK.  The fact remains that temptation is temptation, and desire is desire.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

I don’t want to serve any master but Jesus – especially not my stomach!  This book provided encouragement that I needed to continue on my journey of health, and the assurance that God will help me as I go.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)