Day 15: Fasting Food
Food is one of those things that many Westerners take for granted. Not only do we think we should have food whenever we want it, we think we should be able to have whatever kind of food that we have a craving for. On any given day we can have Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern or American food, depending on our mood. When much of the world is starving, we are overeating on so much food that it’s actually killing us. The largest percentage of deaths in America is due to overeating and obesity. We have the appetites of kings, but the self-control of toddlers. And when we actually try to diet and control our food intake, we think our world is falling apart. But the truth is that we probably eat more while we are dieting than the people in 3rd world countries eat when they think they’re feasting.
One aspect of bodybuilding that I both enjoyed and hated was the fasting. Fasting doesn’t necessarily mean saying no to all foods; it can simply mean saying no to certain foods and the amount of food for a specific amount of time. We don’t realize how much food plays a role in our lives until we start changing its influence over us. What I found was that I don’t have to completely turn my life upside down when I’m fasting certain foods. I simply have to tweak my food choice a bit. When I cook at home, I make foods for the family that are healthy and we can all enjoy. When I go out to eat, I pick foods that are a part of my diet. When I go to a movie, I’ll throw a healthy snack in my purse, saving myself from eating too many calories and spending too much money. I simply wield a little self-control, reminding myself that although I may feel a little deprived; I am still eating better than much of the world. I truly have nothing to complain about.
We all should do a little fasting now and then. It doesn’t have to be simply about losing weight or getting healthy. It can be about leaning into the Lord and relying on Him to sustain us. If we don’t struggle with food, we can fast other things: alcohol, TV, social media, worry, idleness, etc. We can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show us where we are being gluttonous and ask for the self-control to fast. Life is too short to allow things and circumstances to control us. We have the mind of Christ and the power of the Most High dwelling in us. There is no reason to let food and other worldly things bully us. We are strong in Christ. We are anointed for great things. We must overcome any areas of gluttony, so God can unleash us to achieve our fullest destiny in His Kingdom.
“For, ‘Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2.16 NLT).
God, I don’t want to be pushed around by gluttonous actions and attitudes any longer. I know by faith that I have prevailing self-control because You have given me Your power and strength. I want to tap into that self-control, so I can gain some balance in my life. There is nothing wrong with food and things of this world, as long as I control them and they don’t control me. Teach me to listen to the Holy Spirit before I let my appetites consume me. I know that You will guide me on paths of righteousness, and I look forward to getting to know and trust You more during my time of fasting. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- What appetites tend to have control over you?
- How can you start a fasting routine today?
- What reward does God have on the other side of this struggle?
Let God Take Control!