Summer is the time for picnics and swimsuits. For some, that’s a confusing, guilt-ridden combination but I think enjoying food gets a bad rap these days. God created food, said it was a good part of creation, and He meant for us to accept it with joy.
Of course, the Bible condemns gluttony (Philippians 3:19) and America has a shocking rate of obesity. But, those are very different subjects than joyfully consuming what God has provided and celebrating life with abundant food. Both my personal experience and work as a professional counselor have convinced me those who are overweight seldom really enjoy food. Jesus welcomed celebrations built around food so much that others accused Him of being a glutton (Matthew 11:18).
The Bible regards food as a blessing (Neh. 9:25; Lev. 20:24). God could have created us without taste buds or to live on water alone, but He didn’t. He gave food color and texture and variety. Sweet and sour, savory herbs and starches, the choices are almost limitless. In the Old Testament, He chose food to be a method of worship (Lev. 23:5-14) and in the New Testament Jesus selected food to be a way we would remember Him (I Co. 11:26).
The next time you sit down to a delicious plate, resist the urge to thoughtlessly dive in. Pause. Savor the moment. God provided this goodness especially for you. Eat with celebration and gratitude for His delightful gift!
Elizabeth Baker is an author and retired counselor drawing on thirty-five years of experience helping individuals apply biblical principles to real-life situation. She currently lives in Pittsburg, Texas where she concentrates on her writing. A widow since her mid 30’s, Elizabeth has four grown children, fifteen grandchildren, and six great-grands.