Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
If God loves good cooking, man loves good looking--preferring appearance to substance. Even in food.
Modern technology has pumped up the enemy's power and propaganda. Yielding to his pitch for profits, food scientists create artificial foods that taste good. Scent scientists make them smell good. Artists help them look good. Actors speak words that sound good.
'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter' (Isaiah 5:20).
The result? Phony food that's chemically-rich and nutritionally-poor. But it's all dressed up in advertising. Eating fake food is like opening Pandora's Box. Inside it are cravings, illnesses, and disorders that consume us bite by bite.
God says, 'Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?' (Isaiah 55:2).
If beauty is only skin deep and you can't judge a book by its cover, then don't be fooled any longer by fast foods and soft drinks. Fast foods bring slow death. Soft drinks bring hard consequences.
I believe our bewildered citizens in this age of sickening food and media hype have two choices:
1) Dig beneath the surface. Educate yourself. Read labels. If the ingredients are indecipherable, steer clear.
2) Keep it simple. Eat God's foods. They have only one ingredient: God. And they're always good, because God is always good.
I prefer Option 2. Looking good still concerns me, but I want to look good from the inside out. Let's stop faking it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.