How do you decide what to eat? Do you follow what the latest diet trend says or try to eat what is “healthy? Maybe you just grab what sounds tasty at the time. While choosing what to eat can sound pretty insignificant, our food choices do matter. They matter to our health and they matter to God.
FAITH + FOOD
Scripture makes it clear that God cares about how and what we eat. In the Old Testament, Jewish law forbid the consumption of certain foods for the health of God’s people. In Solomon’s book of wisdom, Proverbs, we see several references encouraging God’s children to avoid overeating and to steer clear of a gluttonous attitude towards food. The New Testament teaches us how all foods are considered “clean” but that God’s Word itself is now the “Bread of Life”.
Why does God want to be so involved in what we eat? After all, He could have easily created us without the need to enjoy His tasty creations. One consideration is that He has chosen to use our hunger to demonstrate our need for dependence on Him, as He provides for our every need. On average we eat three times a day. This is three times each day that we receive and thank God for His provision. It’s not just about sustenance. It’s about relationship!