Day 126: Evil Eats

So more and more I discover another friend is doing the covenant and every time I hear that I get excited for them… for the possibilities of what God can do in them.

At first I was a little… bummed… that a lot of these people were doing the covenant and yet they didn’t want anyone to know. I guess, in a weird way, I took it the wrong way… I took it along the lines of it was them saying that they didn’t really like it, or they didn’t really think it was a good idea, or whatever.

I know some people wanted their “silence” to be along the lines of a secret fasting like the bible encourages.

But some people didn’t have that as a reason to not tell. Then the more I thought about how I felt about it at first, I kind of realized that it could be that people weren’t ashamed of me or my idea… they were ashamed of themselves.

Again, not everyone has the same motivations for doing the covenant. I think some are into it because they want to covenant with God to honor their bodies… the weight loss and/or breaking food addictions is not their priority.

But for the people that are addicted or feeling like they want to lose weight, then they might feel that doing a covenant like this implies that they have lost control and need God’s help over some area of their life.

And, well, a lot of us don’t particularly like to admit that we need help. Not from friends. Not from family. And certainly not from God.

And then this chunk of verses got my attention:

In the past you were slaves to sin, and goodness did not control you. You did evil things, and now you are ashamed of them. Those things only bring death. But now you are free from sin and have become slaves of God. This brings you a life that is only for God, and this gives you life forever. The payment for sin is death. But God gives us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23

I know that we don’t often think of eating too much as being “evil” but really when you think about it, God views everything as “right” or “wrong”…… “good” or “evil”. I looked up “evil”, I noticed it’s antonym (cut me some slack… I’m a former English teacher… annnnnnnd a bit of a nerd. I kind of like definitions and whatnot)…

It’s the opposite of righteous.

And dishonoring this body that God has given me… well, that’s definitely not what I would call righteous… therefore, it is evil. And really when I look back and some of the ways that I have treated this body He has given me… well… it was just pure evil. Satan had a hold on me that was fierce and the little bugger was working hard to keep me weighed down… both literally and spiritually. The way I was treating my body is just like the verse above says, “Those things only bring death.”

Not saying that eating right will give me eternal life… heck no. Only my Jesus will give me that. There are some people that eat well their entire lives and die of cancer at 37. And there are people that eat heinously and live to see 97. But I know that God has made rules and guidelines for a reason… self-control does lend itself to so many things that can help a body live longer… and I want to live a long time. If He has implied that I can live longer if I live with self-control and peace, then by golly, sign me up.

Day Forty-Eight: Whispering Way

Last night I made some yummy spaghetti sauce. All kinds of spices, fire roasted tomatoes, chopped up carrots and green beans. It simmered on the stovetop for a good thirty minutes letting all the flavors combine.

And then it was time to serve it up and as I prepared my husband’s plate with noodles, it hit me that I am not to have those on my hard core Daniel Fast.

I seriously sat there and debated: if I don’t put noodles in and just eat the sauce (which was yummy and chunky enough to be fulfilling on its own) then I might get commentary from my husband about it. Not eating enough, not getting sufficient nutrients, etc. (Gotta love him, he is always watching out for me!). But if I do put noodles in then I will be purposefully breaking the covenant.

I know that this is probably not shocking at this point, but I was pretty much ready to put those noodles in my bowl.

Then a quiet voice whispered in my ear: “Are you ashamed? Are you willing to so easily trade your agreement with me so that you won’t have to discuss all this with your husband?”

Well that was all it took. I slopped a bunch of spaghetti sauce in my noodle-less bowl and never looked back. Haha- and my husband didn’t even notice (or at least he didn’t say anything)!

But I think the whispering in my ear was reminiscent of these verses:

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. Philippians 1:20

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:26

And yet again I am reminded so keenly of how important it is for me to read the Word. Because he uses it to whisper to me “This is the way, walk in it.”