Temperance In Eating. 04/20/2014 (Evening thought)

1st Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

This passage of scripture tells us that we should seek to honor God in whatsoever we do, and especially in the area of eating, since it was mentioned first. This is not a coincidence, for our first parents fell into sin on the issue of eating, and since the Bible clearly teaches that history always repeats itself, we therefore conclude that it began with food and it will end with food. Doing all to the glory of God means living in obedience to His every word which we already know has been given for our own good.

Over-eating and the consequent problem of obesity is costing billions and billions of dollars today, and if the problem is not arrested on both an individual and national level, it will eventually threaten the economic health and viability of our nation. Fast foods are exactly what they claim to be, "Fast Foods". They are prepared "fast" and they make us put on pounds "fast" and then carry us to our graves "fast". However the Bible teaches us to be temperate in our eating habits and therefore we will examine three texts that bring out the principle in clear lines. Let's read:

Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

Here in this passage "Honey" refers to any thing that is good for food according to biblical standards, in other words, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains are represented as being "Honey" for reference sake. They are good, and are to be eaten and enjoyed for they do contribute to good health, long life, and are known to stave off a host of preventable diseases. However, not because they are very good does it mean that we can freely indulge in them at any time without restraint, for doing so will violate the laws of temperance, and will ultimately turn a good blessing into a curse. Let's read:

Proverbs 25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

This passage then begins to bring in the principle of restraint when eating that which has been God-ordained, and that's why the Bible did not stop at saying that we should eat it because it is good. Furthermore, the scriptures definitely proscribes the wanton indulgence of "Honey" at all costs, for if we do, we cannot glorify God in our bodies as we ought to. Let's read:

Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

These passages of scripture taken together teach us to use judiciously, those foods that God has ordained for our health and well-being, and in so doing God is glorified and our lives are enhanced.

In our day many people live by the maxim if it feels good, do it. Living by this popular saing will lead millions to perdition, for as Christians, we should never be governed by feelings and impulses, but rather should have our thoughts and emotions garrisoned by the word of God. We therefore end with a passage of scripture that teaches us the importance of having every facet of our lives guided by His every word and this was said in direct response to the temptation on food. Let's read:

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

If Jesus could do it, then we can do it too, for the Bible says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". "Good night" and God bless!