“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better”. Ephesians 1:17
From the beginning of time, humankind has had a craving. In the garden of Eden, Eve craved power. It is interesting to note that, the power she craved was housed in a piece of fruit (i.e. food). The downfall of humanity was caused when the first woman surrendered to a craving to eat something she was never meant to eat, and to pursue a power she was never intended to wield (Lysa Terkeurst). Food has such a hold on us in America and can sometimes turn out to be an “idol” in our lives. When we were younger, our parents could not convince us to come inside and eat. As we age, we plan our entire day around when and where we are eating.
Think about how important food is to us for survival, and yet Satan turned a “good thing” like food into a “craving” that we run to while in pain. Instead of running to Christ, we “indulge” and reward ourselves. Oh that we would crave Christ as we crave sweets. Lysa Terkeurst wrote a book “Made to Crave” that reminds us of the differences between how Eve dealt with a craving and how Jesus dealt with a craving. During a 40 day fast Jesus was enduring, Satan decided to approach the Savior and command him to turn stones into bread. How Jesus beat this craving to eat was to quote Scripture. He stated “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. This is in complete contrast to how Eve handled a craving and failed miserably.
For you kids that don’t have to worry as much about food as adults do, remember that God wants us to make healthy choices for our lives. He wants you to treat your body as a precious temple that he has given to you on loan. Even in your youth, make healthy eating choices and learn self-control so that you may live well and strong while here on earth. Childhood obesity is a problem. We need to monitor what we eat, portion size, and our own will-power no matter the age.