Facing an Ugly Word

Facing an Ugly Word

Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit. Proverbs 25:16 (NKJV)

Like many people, I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I was overweight in my early twenties which had an impact on my overall health. By the grace of God over a two-year period, I was able to lose it. Keeping that extra weight off is a battle I face every day. If I am not continually vigilant, I start to gain weight again immediately.

I eventually learned a crucial lesson helpful in winning this struggle. I realized that habitually eating unhealthy food only because it tastes good is gluttony. What an ugly word! I don’t mean to say that having a treat every now and then is gluttony - I am speaking of a lifestyle. My pattern of repeated choices to consume food that did not nurture my body was gluttony.

Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines a glutton as being derived from the Hebrew zolel meaning “to shake out,” “to squander;” and hence one who is prodigal, who wastes his means by indulgence. God gave us food and allowed us to enjoy it as a gift. Just as murder abuses God’s gift of life and adultery abuses God’s gift of love, gluttony abuses God’s gift of good food.

It was only after I had made myself name the sin and repented of it that I began to overcome it. Even though this realization came years ago, I continue to pray each day for strength in fighting gluttony. Sometimes, I pray this several times a day!

I think that this lesson can be applied to any fleshly lust that you are battling. Name the sin, repent of it, and pray for help in avoiding it. God is always faithful to step in and help us.

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Matthew 7:8-9 (NKJV)

Imagine that a wealthy benefactor gave you a brand new Porsche. Picture yourself driving the car and giving your friends rides around town. You would give this car only the highest grade of gasoline and perform maintenance exactly as the owner’s manual advises. The great value of the gift and the amazing fact that it was given to you would motivate you to give the car the very best care possible. Now think about the fact that the human body is a far more amazing work than any motor vehicle. When we realize that the body God gave us is a precious gift, our gratitude will overflow into a desire to give it the very best fuel and maintenance possible. I think that often people do not take care of themselves because they take their body for granted, but life is a gift – let’s live with grateful (and healthy!) hearts.