‘Exercise self-control in all things.’ 1 Corinthians 9:25 NRSV
When you are eating too much. Studies confirm that today over half the population of the western world is eating too much. If you are one of the many people battling a problem of overeating, here’s the good news: God can help you win the battle! Often it’s not about what you are eating, it’s about what’s eating you.
We overeat to find comfort and relief from stress and anxiety, but it’s a short-term fix and it doesn’t work. The psalmist went directly to the root of his problem: ‘Search me… and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.’ (Psalm 139:23–24 NLT) God can relieve the ‘anxious thoughts’ within you.
The Holy Spirit is the greatest therapist in the world. When you surrender and ask Him to take up residence within you, you discover that ‘the fruit of the spirit is… self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22–23 NIV) He can give you the power to control your appetite, and start living by the Scripture: ‘Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT)
So make this your prayer today: ‘O Lord, if You heal me, I will be truly healed; if You save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for You alone.’ (Jeremiah 17:14 NLT) The word for you today is—with God’s help you can avoid eating too much.
SoulFood: Exo 39–40, Matt 9:14–26, Ps 91, Pro 3:3–4
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023