I love eating at any time, anywhere. I crave those delectable foods that will satisfy my sweet tooth, and fill my emotional tank. I eat when Iím sad, tired, upset, even when Iím ecstatic about something. But I discovered that albeit food can give me instant gratification, they can never really satisfy my deepest longings. In fact, overeating literally made me sick. So Iím trying to go back to healthy lifestyle. It takes baby steps, one mile around the block at a time, one bite of foods I like a little bit at a time. Now, for me, thatís a test of self-control.
I learned that taking care of my body alone is not enough if I donít take care of my soul. Like food, I devour on the Word of God because it is comforting. I read my Bible and devotionals morning and night on most days. When I read the Scripture, it seems like I can never have enough. But there are times when I read my Bible too much that I ended up not understanding it. Itís like ďalways learning but never come to the knowledge of truth.Ē During the sermon last Sunday, I learned that we need to learn a brief passage from the Scripture, ponder and savor it, and just like food, take it in one bite at a time.
When we open our minds and hearts to what God is saying, the Holy Spirit will guide us to the Truth and nourish and pierce our soul and stir our weary spirit. Like our body, our soul will signal us when something is wrong. When joy seems to elude us, when we seem not satisfied with anything, when we tend to be more cynical of others, and gets restless every minute, then itís time for a soul check-up. Why do I know this? Because Iím talking from experience. When I donít feel peace, I go back to The Source of Peace. Yes indeed, ďMan shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
Psalm 34:8 : ďO taste and see that The Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.Ē
God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.
Gloria...I LOVE the idea of savoring one of God's nuggets at a time. Today, I was reading about God's power being made perfect in our weakness. I have always been comforted by that verse and with your wonderful advice, I will focus on that today and let it fill my soul. God is reaching you and teaching you in so many ways and I thank you for sharing His wisdom with us. May we all seek Him with all our hearts, minds and souls. Love, always...Peggy