Eating Right (Part 2: A History Lesson)
There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.
Psalm 81:9-12 (NKJV)
But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant... you shall eat and not be satisfied.
Leviticus 26:14-15,26 (NKJV)
My biggest problem with 'prosperity preachers' is that they pull scripture out of context. Yes, our amazing God gives great blessings, but His blessings follow our obedience. Otherwise, He would be like a foolish parent indulging His spoiled children. But God is not foolish. Neither shall He be mocked.
The living God is the Fountain of Wisdom. And us?
We are like the five kids in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Charlie (the kind kid), Augustus (the fat kid), Veruka (the rich kid), Violet (the rude kid), or Mike (the media kid). Mr. Wonka is looking for an heir with good character--and an unspoiled nature. Only Charlie proves true. The others do not.
Here's the thing: our world has disobeyed God and idol-worship is everywhere. Virtue is mocked. Vice is flaunted, and the #1 television show of the last decade screams the name of American Idol. We have opened our mouths very wide, but God is not the one doing the filling.
He has given us (as a culture) over to our own stubborn hearts, to walk in our own counsels. Consequently, most of us eat and are not satisfied.
'They carry the sheaves, but still go hungry' (Job 24:10).
'For this reason, many among you are weak and sick and a number sleep' (1 Corinthians 11:30).
'Little children, keep yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.