I used to have a really big problem with food. I ate away at my feelings. Meaning whenever I’d feel upset, frustrated, or sad, I’d turn to junk food. I used to abuse food and end up eating much more than I should. I used this method to cope with whatever present turmoil I had. I would then feel more down and turn to prayer and the bible at the end of binging. Three years ago, I shared this struggle with my friend. She said, “Dorcas, what you’re doing with food isn’t glorifying God’s creation.”
1. What is God’s Intention for Food?
As a Christian, our sole aim is to glorify God in everything we do, and food is not an exception. Food provides us nourishment, energy, and joy. Some people dance at the first sight of their favourite food and others try to savour the taste.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We please God when we use and share his provisions to ultimately bring honour to him. This wasn’t my goal when abusing the food he gave me, and upon learning this, I was deeply convicted.
2. Feeding My Feelings
Feelings should never be my leader. They don’t control or define me, and it’s not something I have to act upon. My consumption of chocolate bars and jollof rice didn’t provide aid in my trouble; they always made it worse.
Turning to God in times of despair shows maturity and sole dependence in him. Psalms 46:1 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Choosing to abuse food in despair shows I don’t believe the above scripture to be true.
Finding God’s glory in food has really helped me in turning to the bible or prayer as a first response, rather than a late response. I must keep reminding myself that despite how weary the world can make me, God only is able to comfort and solve my problems.