I have come to the conclusion that food can interfere with my relationship with the Lord. I have realized while on my diet that I was using food as a way to cope with life. If I was stressed, I would reach for the nearest comfort food. If I was upset, I thought I needed a treat to soothe the ache. Food became the source that eased the bumps and bruises I encountered. Food was my comfort and not the Lord.
I have been reading in Mark when the disciples tried to cast out the demon from the boy and they couldn’t. Jesus removed the demon from the boy and the disciples later asked Jesus in private why they couldn’t remove the demon. Jesus had previously given them the power to remove spirits and now they were unable to cast out the demon. Jesus answered that this kind can only come out by prayer and fasting.
I think there are things we are going to encounter in our lives that will only be removed by prayer and fasting. I have realized that I have allowed anxiety and stresses in my life that were not mine to carry. I refused to give it over to the Lord by allowing other “comforts” to temporarily ease my burdens and secretly wondered why my anxiety wouldn’t leave.
I was using food to alleviate my burdens and not the One who could remove them. Maybe food isn’t what you turn to for comfort. Maybe it is shopping? Maybe it is another activity? I am not saying these are bad things, but how often do we turn to other things to handle our lives over the One who controls all the world?
What is in your life that you can’t remove?
***** This was in my devotion this am. “Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer cannot do!” Morning and Evening by Spurgeon