Isn’t it?

Is life more than food? You are reading the words of someone for whom food is life. I am not a foodie, per se, but I like me some good grub. And I struggle with eating no more than I need, have since I was a kid. Call it insecurity or an unhealthy lifestyle, but I eat too much and it shows. So this question is prime for self-reflection.

Back when Jesus said this, the daily acquisition of food was never a done deal. People always worried living day to day, especially the people he was talking to, the downtrodden, the poor, the ordinary folks who worked for a living. They probably made enough day to day to satisfy their most basic needs, but they also had to pay taxes, and pay debts and so on. Getting their daily bread wasn’t certain, and their anxiety often settled there.

Jesus asks them about the flowers and the birds, who seem to love carelessly, but the Father feeds them daily. He asks his audience if they are worth more than birds. Surely the Father cares for them more than birds.

My problem isn’t having enough food. It’s making food my source of comfort instead of God. I know that’s what it’s about. That feeling of fullness and satiety feels good, and for some reason my brain is wired to want that in order to feel good. Now I resist getting that second helping. Because life is more than food. I resist that feeling of anxiety I get when I’m hungry, and try to eat only enough to satisfy the need. I’m not there yet, but weight loss is a goal.

I don’t know what you are struggling with today, but anxiety is not worth it. You have a loving Savior and an Infinite God who provides everything you really need. I am sure you’ve been praying about. You also need to let it go. You have to actually give it God and do the things you can do, not worry about the things you can’t. God loves you and He sees the big picture. He knows what will truly bless you and build you up. So if you’ve been praying for a better job, or a better family, or someone really bothers you, God knows it. He is already working behind the scenes to make it better. It may not be what you want, but it will be good. For God works all things out for the the good of those who love Him and obey His commandments. Don’t expect God to change your circumstances if you aren’t willing to change for Him.

I hope these blog posts are blessing you and helping you in your walk. If so, that makes me happy. I hope you have an excellent day and God bless!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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