Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Eating Right (Part 12: Don't Eat Alone)
All his days he also eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and sickness and anger.
Ecclesiastes 5:17 (NKJV)
Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Proverbs 9:17-18 (NKJV)
The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
Genesis 3:13 (NKJV)
Picture Eve walking through paradise. Maybe Adam was tending the garden. In slithers a serpent named Satan who convinced her that eating forbidden fruit was highly desirable. She argued with him for a minute, but temptation grew. She didn't call Adam to discuss it--nor to eat with her. So she ate alone, but not really. A demon was there.
More recently, picture God's daughter driving through McDonald's. Maybe her husband was at work. In slithers a serpent named Satan who convinced her that eating fast food was highly desirable. She argued with herself for a minute, but temptation grew. She didn't want anyone to see her eating enough food for two. So she ate alone, but not really. A demon was there.
God never meant for us to eat alone. He's all about communion.
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
'And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers' (Acts 2:42).
Are we ever truly alone? Could the great 'Cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1) that surrounds us be hosts of Heaven and of hell? 'And the Lord said to Satan, 'From where do you come?' So Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it' ' (Job 1:7). Satan is always seeking 'An opportune time' (Luke 4:13) to attack us.
Therefore, eating alone is risky business. I was God's 360 pound daughter driving 'anonymously' through countless fast food factories. Surely I was tempted. Surely I fell.
Spiritually speaking, invite Jesus to every table. Demons cannot stand in His presence. Nor can they stand His presence. They must leave. Physically speaking, invite His people to your table at every opportunity. The benefits?
God cleanses your food, fills you with His Spirit, provides accountability partners, and gives you joy in fellowship. Never eat alone.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.