So many of us on Thin Within are in pain and hurting in various ways. We need comfort daily. We want relief from our pain; physical, emotional and spiritual. The reasons why we eat for comfort are a varied as the pains we bear. The word comfort is defined as; the state of physical ease, freedom from pain or constraint. I used to be much like my grandkid’s cat, George. He was constantly meowing for more food. One day the kids left the fridge door open and George helped himself. They actually snapped a picture of that fat cat. We still love him, but we think he has a problem. I often wonder what happened to him when he was a baby kitten.
I don’t think it’s accidental that the world offers us a variety of “comfort foods.” And I’m sure God intended food to comfort us and to bring us pleasure and a moment of joy in partaking delicious food and meals together. Our problems begin when we carry that good provision too far, to extremes. It’s as if we followed Eve through the garden, right up to that tree. Not only did we take a big bite of that fruit, but we ate the whole thing. And we have continued going beyond our boundaries since that day. It’s in our nature, because Eve broke her food boundaries with God. We inherited that sin nature. Eve believed that first lie in the garden and ate.
Did God really say you shouldn’t eat that fruit? We fight with the lie too. Will God really heal me? Can He meet every need I have in my life? Will He show up on time and rescue me from all my troubles? Will He give up on me too? Will He show me how to do this and find lasting victory and freedom?
The enemy of our faith is constantly hurling doubts and questions at our minds to dissuade us from our true destiny in God. In 1 Corinthians 6:13 it say that the stomach is meant for food and food is meant for the stomach. Period. End of discussion. At least it should be. Many of us are still learning to recognize the lie that food is meant for the heart and soul.
God wants to be our comfort. He is jealous for us.
Exodus 34:14 and 20:4-5 says that not only is God jealous for us, but that His Name is Jealous. He isn’t jealous because he wants something someone else has. That’s human jealousy. He says to us, “I am a jealous God.” He is jealous whenever we give something of ourselves, that is rightfully His, to another. His name is Jealousy! This really convicted me because it sounds absolutely ridiculous that I could have ever given any attention to something as tiny and powerless as food, rather than giving my heart fully to the God who loves me.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (ESV) says; Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
So, how about you? What are you giving your heart to? Do you feel that sting of conviction too? If so, that’s good. That means God is at work in us, transforming our inward parts to be true to Him in all circumstances. What is He saying to you today? What can you do about to be more obedient to His call?