Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Eating Right (Part 14: God Loves Good Cooking)
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Psalm 81:10 (NKJV)
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land... a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey.
Deuteronomy 8:7-8 (NKJV)
'My son, eat honey, because it is good' (Proverbs 24:13). God loves good food. He cooked it all up in a perfect recipe for our health and happiness.
In my decades on planet earth, I have seen fast food, frenzied lives, fatigued moms, farewell dads, fattened waistlines, and fad diets... ever expanding. I remember when margarine replaced butter, egg beaters replaced eggs, artificial sweeteners replaced sugar, and the label of 'fat-free' beckoned to us who were living in bondage.
It would be impossible to name all the crazy diets or chemically-altered foods we now accept as mainstream. But God doesn't want us to eat deception. He wants us to eat real foods and enjoy them.
His eating plan began with Adam and Eve: 'And God said, 'See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food' ' (Genesis 1:29).
Therein, He designed a limitless banquet of meats, nuts, grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, oils, and sweeteners. His diverse foods can fill our imaginations and thrill our taste buds for eternity. He encourages us to mix it up, but we must keep it real.
'Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread... Jesus said to them, 'Come and eat breakfast' ' (John 21:9,12). God's cuisine does not cause extra pounds on our bodies, but extra joy in our souls.
Consider millennia prior to the late 20th century--where the vast majority of people were thin and fit. Only when man began altering God's foods (and inventing substitutes in chemical laboratories) did we get fat and sick.
So eat His foods. You can't go wrong. God loves good cooking.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.