Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 8
I know that this passage deals mostly with eating food that has been offered up to idols, and I understand that really isn’t an issue in our day and age anymore. However, there is one verse and one thought I really want to zoom in on.
1 Corinthians 8:8 – “But meat commendeth us not to God”
Using food as a comfort will not help us draw closer to God.
The verse goes on, “for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.”
Our food choices don’t define our relationship with Christ. The word commendeth in this passage literally means, “to hold together.”
Isn’t it nice to know that when we mess up and we make the wrong choices, it doesn’t mean God stops loving us or that He’ll simply cast us off? If you have children, think about the times they make mistakes. You don’t give up and throw them out of the house. That’s ridiculous. Instead, you lovingly explain that they made the wrong choice and next time they need to try again. (Ok, so in all honesty, sometimes we get angry and yell, but it still doesn’t mean that we stop loving them. It just means that we’re human, and we ourselves are in need of a loving God to forgive us!) That’s why God is God. Sometimes, he has to “chasten” us when we continue to make the wrong choices, and other times, He sits us down, shows us where we were wrong, and encourages us to make better choices.
My other point is this: Even if we never eat another “bad” thing, it’s not going to make our relationship with Christ any better. That can only come with daily taking up our cross and choosing to follow Him. It’s something we have to work at, just like we have to work at exercising and making wise food choices.
That’s why this study has been so helpful to me. I’ve had to daily dig deeper into His word to find out what truths He’s waiting to teach me. A lot of the topics are similar, but repetition helps things sink in faster and better.
I pray that as you go through the rest of this study, you will want to seek God in every decision you make, no matter what the topic may be. He wants to have a one on one relationship with you, to talk to you, to hear from you, and to have you read the words He has given you.
Satan will do everything in His power to destroy your relationship with God, though, and he may use food to do it. Don’t let him have that power over you. Remember: Food doesn’t make you who you are, your relationship with Jesus does.
1. Is your relationship with Christ where you want it to be? If not, what do you think you need to work on?
2. Does it make you feel better to know that when you mess up, God still loves you? How can you thank Him this week?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.