“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue.” (James 3:7-8, ESV)
I bet you can relate to this passage. I sure can. You know that moment when an outburst just shot out from between your lips, and you instantly regret it? Instantly wish you could put the proverbial toothpaste back into the tube, but you can’t. It’s out there. You said it. So you cringe and wait to eat the fruit of your words.
Our words seed the atmosphere. Understanding this, we want to grow daily in the discipline of what we allow our tongues to utter.
However, have you ever considered one other aspect of the tongue that is extremely hard to tame? When I was meditating on this passage from James recently, the topic of eating came to mind. Goodness is it hard to completely subjugate our tongue when it comes to consuming the right foods!
It matters to God what we eat. This is one of the key reasons for the Bible giving a detailed account of how He fed the Israelites in the desert. It’s why, when the disciples asked Jesus for training in prayer, the Prayer 101 class He gave them included the line, “Give us today our daily bread.” If you look for it, food actually gets a pretty good amount of attention throughout the Word. The Holy Spirit even made sure we knew about John the Baptist’s eccentric alimentary patterns.
Yes, God cares about what we choose as fuel for our bodies. This is not because He’s a legalist or looking for something to be critical about. It’s not because our eating choices make us more or less holy. Jesus actually specified to the contrary, “It is not what people put into their mouths that makes them unclean. It is what comes out of their mouths that makes them unclean” (Matt. 15:11, NCV).
Rather, He cares about our nutritional intake because He loves us. He knows that what we eat is a key factor in determining our health, our strength, and even our emotional wellbeing.
He also knows that sometimes when we are hurting, we look to food to comfort us. He understands that sometimes when our spirit is needing nourishment, but our stomachs are full, we turn to food anyway trying to satiate our inner discontent. Food is actually a pretty huge deal to us humans, and He knows it. Whatever is a big deal to us, He wants to be in the middle of it. He wants to be intimately involved.
Have you made Him the Lord of what goes into your mouth? You’ll never be able to make all the right dietary choices on sheer will power. The good news is, Holy Spirit is standing by, eager to empower you in your steps towards healthy eating. Ask for His help, and you shall receive!
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31, NET).
Do you have any insights pertaining to the topic of eating for the glory of God? I’d love to hear from you about them below in the comments!