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Food For Thought

By Rosie Moore

It’s amazing to me how God made sure His people had enough to eat. since the beginning of time. After the earth was created, what did He do next? He made a garden. A garden full of “seed-bearing plants” and “all the fruit trees for your food”. (Gen. 1:29). Well, we all know what happened in that garden. Someone ate the wrong kind of fruit.

Later, the Israelites moaned and groaned because they had nothing to eat when they were wandering through the wilderness when they left Egypt. God heard their cries and every morning sent down manna which they could dip in olive oil. To help matters along, He also sent quail for them to indulge in. (Exodus 16).

Next we have Solomon exclaiming in Proverbs: “A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.” (Prov. 15:17) Also, he said, “a dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great feast with strife “ (Prov. 17:1).  Finally, he admonishes people by saying, “Stolen bread tastes sweet but it turns to gravel in the mouth.” (Prov. 20:17).

As we turn to the New Testament, there are many instances of food being mentioned in the form of parables. One of my favorites is the one about Jesus feeding thousands with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Plus there was a lot left over to fill some baskets. Jesus wasn’t about to let the crowd go hungry.

What happened to people today? We literally worship food, so much so that obesity is the number one cause of many illnesses in the USA. Oft times we eat when we’re not even hungry. Why? There are numerous reasons such as loneliness, depression or looking for comfort. We even gorge when we’re happy, and it could be a hormonal issue.

I saw an interesting observation on Google one time–the more sugar we eat, the more we want to eat. A large serving size can cause us to eat more. Cut back! There are thousands of books written on dieting, exercising, what to eat, what not to eat, but there is no mention of a thought-provoking fact–God can help you not eat so much. Ask Him, He will help. Maybe we should try manna (a thin cracker) or quail (or chicken), and olive oil. Can you imagine that??

Thought for a day: Prayers go up and blessings come down.  Yiddish proverb.

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