Thursday, February 20, 2014
Made To Crave Bible Study - God, Fill My Soul
"For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." - Psalm 107:9
God promises to fill our souls, so we will hunger and thirst no more. This is so important...so why do I forget way too often?
Food and drink cannot truly fill us. Those are temporary fixes that still leave a void after the eating is over. That's why we always feel so much worse after a binge. It's not just the sick feeling in our stomachs or the thoughts of all of the extra calories that we don't need. It's because food does not actually FILL us.
But sometimes I don't stop to think about that - especially when I'm stressed. I feel like I need a "reward" after putting up with different issues or situations, without thinking what the real reward is.
The real reward is a closer relationship with God. Turning to Him to fill me instead of food is much more satisfying.
What I need to do - and will start doing as of now - is to take a deep breath and really think before committing to a "treat". Why do I want the treat? Is the reason something that would be better served by prayer or a heart-to-heart conversation with God?
I'd say the majority of the time the prayer needs to win out; if I do decide to have a rare treat, it will be because I talked it over with God first so He will help me limit it to a small serving instead of binging. The only way I will win in this lifetime is by talking to God instead of turning to sugar or junk food. And that would also cause me to be in better shape (body, mind, and soul) the next time I need to make a decision. Then I can build the healthy cycle of prayer and better decisions into something consistent to make me a stronger, more confident child of God.
I think it's time to put a big sign in my kitchen - GOD FILLS MY SOUL, NOT FOOD. The more I remind myself of His promise, the better I will be at saying no to unhealthy foods. In turn, the better I will be at fulfilling His purpose for me!