Food is such an acceptable way of allowing evil into our lives! For heaven’s sake, we are exposed to it everywhere we go and all the advertisements for it make us think that indulging in it is almost “sexy”!
Food can definitely be a spiritual battle! Who would dispute that it is just like the “Enemy” to take a gift that GOD gave us for our nourishment and enjoyment and pervert it into something ugly!
But many would say, “Maureen you just said that GOD gave us food for our enjoyment…that means HE wanted us to enjoy food! I think we can all agree that there is a very large line between “enjoying” food and outright idolizing it!
How many so called food items do you ingest in a day that aren’t real food? If it isn’t real food..it isn’t GOD’s gift! Why do we want it so bad!
Don’t be hard on yourself…the designer’s of “non-food” have made it that way. They have manipulated our food to make us want it more and more! Watch the documentary called “Fed Up” and you will understand what I am talking about. We aren’t “enjoying” GOD’s gift, we are eating and drinking things that aren’t real and “the enemy” is loving it!
Anytime the “enemy” sees us justifying the over use or absolute abuse of GOD’s gifts, he is happy! The more weak we become, the more we turn away from GOD! We are drained of the energy and health that it takes to live a happy and fulfilled life! Being buried into an addiction leaves the door open for more sin to enter our lives. But it is all OK because in our society it is OK to abuse food! In fact, there are many who dispute that that it can be considered an addiction. I can’t tell you how many people say after I have disclosed that I have a food addiction say “Well who doesn’t”! Can you imagine if we treated drug addiction like that!
We spend so much of our time and energy feeling guilty and shameful. Trying to seek out food for comfort when we are feeling bad about ourselves means that we are turning away from THE ONE who can and will comfort us! But we try to find that temporary high and then the cycle of guilt and shame starts all over again! Just imagine how crabby and irritable that makes someone! I was the crabbiest, bitchiest person when I was into the food. I didn’t recognize that until I was out of the food and in recovery.
So what is this post supposed to do…make you feel sinful! No, but I do hope to help people recognize that food obsession and addiction isn’t just a private hell, it is a spiritual battle that drains our relationship with GOD!
At some point, we have to think, “Is it worth it?”