1 Corinthians 10:31Â So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Grief effects our health. It is important to hydrate (I find I get dehydrated more quickly), and eat foods that will encourage and strengthen our bodies. In the weeks after Jonathan’s death my back went out, I had a sever respiratory infection andÂ had seizers that were triggered byÂ insomnia.Â To say that my body was depleted and not strong enough to carry the load I now bore, is an understatement.
I don’t have much of an appetite these days, but the health choices that I am making are horrendous. You’d think, if you aren’t craving things, that it would be easier to make better choices. But, I went into grief with bad habits and they are now magnified. I have enough to deal with, without adding more pounds to carry.
What does it mean to eat to the glory of God? At its core is acknowledgment that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.Â (Matthew 4:4) Jesus had just completed 40 days of fasting, prayer and preparation for ministry.Â Satan tempted Jesus with food first because Jesus’ bodyÂ was in desperate need of food. Jesus responded that man’s health does not come just from physical fulfillment.
Throughout scripture, there are so many examples of breakthroughs in the lives of Israel centered around food. Daniel and his friends were put in charge because they honored God by not defiling themselves with the king’s rich foods and their health was better than all of the other candidates. Jesus stated that there are some demonic forces that can only be cast out throughÂ prayer and fasting. There is power in what we choose to put into our bodies when it isÂ to the glory of God.
Lord, I long to glorify you in what I eat. Father discipline me to bring scripture to mind when tempted. Help me to enjoy what is before me, and for food to no longer be a hindrance in living on every word that comes from you. Amen.