Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 24
Today, let’s take some time to think about the things we eat. The very first part of this chapter says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.” The very best things we can eat are the things the Lord made. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t include the triple chocolate brownies or the processed foods that tend to fill up our pantries. I’m talking food straight from the earth that God gave us to eat.
I want you to look at a couple more verses:
Genesis 1:29 – “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Genesis 9: 3 – “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
God has given us exactly what we need. I’m not saying that you can only eat things that you’ve grown in your own organic garden, I’m just wanting you to think about your food choices. If God has given us exactly what we need, is it really ok to choose something that’s not healthy? It goes back to James 4:17 – “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Before I close, I want you to look at two more verses:
Romans 14: 2 – 3 – “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.”
These verses are very clear: We are not to judge others based on their eating habits. So, my husband can eat ice cream every night before bed and not gain a pound. Should I hate him or become angry at him because he has a better metabolism than I do? Absolutely not. My dear friend recently became a vegan. Should I call her silly and tell her that her food choices are ridiculous? Of course not! We are all over our own food choices. We are not to judge or condemn anyone for the choices they make, and I honestly believe we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we slip and fall now and then. God loves us all, and He has accepted all of us into His Kingdom, whether we eat bacon or not.
We’ve already promised to stop worrying this week. Can we also make a pact to make better food choices and try to stay away from the processed foods this week? I can promise you, this will be TOUGH in my house. My kids live on Hamburger Helper most nights. But, if I don’t want my kids to struggle with the same issues I do in the future, I need to start instilling better habits in them now. I’m committing to making better choices. Will you join me?
1. What do these verses say to you about your food choices? Are there things you need to change?
2. Will you commit to staying away from the processed foods this week and see how you feel by the end of the week?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.