Anything that you place above God is an idol.
Before building my personal relationship with God, I thought that only people could be considered idols. I foolishly thought that as long as I didn’t make my man or friends more important than God that I was in the clear and keeping his commandments. When I began to seek a deeper understanding of God and his word, He revealed to me that ANYTHING that I put before serving him is considered an idol. I began to face the hard truth that I had MANY idols and food was at the top my list.
Food literally consumed my day. Breakfast was the first thing I thought about in the morning. After breakfast, I focused on fast forwarding my day for my first “snack” (which most healthy people would have considered an entire meal). I anxiously waited for lunch, then another “snack”, dinner and lastly, dessert. I would literally begin to shake around 12:30pm if I hadn’t eaten lunch. My brain could not focus and my fingers couldt type if I even thought about skipping lunch. Dinner was no exception and had to be eaten no later than 6pm and dessert was always sure to follow. Looking back, I realize that I was being controlled by food. Food was my daily focus instead of God.
I often gave the excuse that God gave me the food to eat and enjoy so he must want me to have it. That mind frame can be so dangerous. God did give us all food to enjoy – Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;” but it was never intended to be all indulging without limits – Genesis 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
These scriptures are only one example of God wanting us to enjoy what he has given us but with limits. You may be giving me the side eye because you think my situation is extreme but think about how many times you have placed food (or anything else) before God. Remember the times that God told you to pray but you went to happy hour with your friends instead? When He asked you to go to church but brunch with bae was just a tad bit more important? The times when he asked you to fast but your hunger outweighed his voice or when he told you to eat a salad but that burger was calling your name?
Jesus must outweigh every physical pleasure that we desire. He does want us to enjoy life. With Him, we are able to live life more abundantly (John 10:10). Be more intentional in allowing the Holy Spirit to guide your food choices. Not only will you feel better, but you may also drop a few unwanted pounds along the way!