I’ve packed on about 35 pounds since I’ve been married. I know this is a really tricky topic, and I’ve made people upset when I’ve mentioned diets in the past. But will you excuse me if I tell you, that I’d rather not put on another 35? I enjoy eating, and my metabolism is slowing down every year! It is all catching up with me.
How many times as I have been diving into something that had very little nutritional value (but I wanted anyway) have I thought, “It’s ok. The diet starts tomorrow.” I have justified it saying, “It’s okay. I will enjoy this tonight, and tomorrow I will start to be good.”
You can do the same thing spiritually. “I know I skimped on my prayer time. I know I’m not really seriously studying God’s Word, but I want to go ahead and finish what I’m doing. I’ll do better tomorrow.” The diet starts tomorrow.
I’ve heard the amazing story of the boy who would only eat chicken nuggets for seventeen years! After years, it did horrible things to his body. As I studied the story, I found that there have been several people who did something similar. Amazing! These people ruined their health exclusively eating nutrient-deficient things. Chicken nuggets isn’t really a super food—one of those foods full of antioxidants and nutrients!
My pastor preached a sermon a couple of weeks ago that I have not been able to get away from. He talked about the well-known story of the widow in the time of famine who was getting ready to make her last meal for herself and her son and then die. Elijah told her to make one for him first.
I desperately need to make sure that in my busy days ahead, that I make God’s cake first! If I run out of time to do it all, I don’t want it to be without making His cake. My cake can wait.
Toward the end of last week, I worked very hard on some projects. I got up early and found my thoughts had been consumed. Rufus Cornelius said, “Satan’s snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside.” I am a project-oriented person, and it is difficult for me to clear my mind sometimes.
I feel I got spanked. If I would have spent time seeking early and putting my mind on God, trying to pray into the presence of God, things would have been different. When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken.
The times that I have prayed into the presence of God have changed the whole temperature in my home. There are some things in my family right now that will only come about with the power of God. Not more preaching, more singing, more talking…nothing but God! Drawing nigh to God is the only way possible that I can see. And yet, I missed it. I just got wrapped up in other things. I had projects going.
That boy can go back and change his diet, but there are consequences to his health that can never be undone. There are deficiencies. He will never know what his health would have been. Sometimes our “little” choices matter more than we think. We will never know what would have happened if we would have given God first place. I cannot afford to eat chicken nuggets and neglect the super foods. I can carelessly dip my chicken nuggets over and over into my sweet-and-sour sauce, never realizing the damage of repeated use. Then, I will never know what could have been.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.