Healthy Eating from a Biblical Perspective
I knew that many women struggled with poor self-image. I even knew that many of us have struggled with food. But what I didn't know until the past few weeks is just how much of an issue this really is. There are dozens of godly, Christian women just in my own circle who are in bondage over food. It makes me sad for our gender and it makes me angry that the enemy has such a foothold. We are made for so much more than that!
Today I want to approach this whole food thing from another perspective... a biblical perspective. One that I hope brings truth, even if it hurts, so that we can stop being slaves to food and start being conquerors in Christ.
You were made by God...
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
— Psalm 139:14
One of the saddest things I've witnessed is how poorly women see themselves. There are plenty of bible verses that point to your uniqueness, your value, your beauty, and your worthiness. Do you believe that the bible is true for everyone but you?
Saddest of all is that many of us subconsciously punish ourselves by eating poorly. Some even do it consciously. But when we start to see ourselves the way God sees us, we begin to treat ourselves well.
Treating your body like it's a temple means taking care of it like it's precious and valuable to God. It means guarding what goes in it--through your eyes, through your thoughts, and through your mouth.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
God is asking you to take care of yourself because He made you and He dwells in you.
You are His hands and feet...
In addition to being a precious dwelling place for God, you are also His hands and feet here on earth. You were made on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose. He knows your capabilities and your potential; you're not perfect but He will fill in the gaps.
But what happens when we don't take care of ourselves? We actually become less useful to God.
That doesn't mean God can't still work in you, with you, and in spite of you, but if you're tired and sick due to your own poor choices, you are not giving God your best. When we choose not to take care of our physical bodies, we send the message to God that we don't want to do our part.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
— Ephesians 2:10
This is an area that I have personally become more aware of in my own life in the past couple years. When people ask me "How do you do it all?" my first response is "I don't do it all. It's God." But I've also come to realize that I am able to do so much more than I could before because I have the physical energy, the mental focus, and the emotional strength to take it all on.
I used to get overwhelmed as a single woman working 16 hours a week and going to school part time. Eight years later I have a husband, 3 young kids, a house, 2 businesses, and multiple volunteer responsibilities. My calendar has more full days than empty ones, and yet, I don't feel overwhelmed.
Eating wholesome, nourishing food that fuels and heals your body is how God intended it to be. But at some point in time that changed. We began using food to fill our emptiness. We began using food to numb our pain. We began using food to give life the middle finger and just check out altogether.
You see the problem there, right?
Food will never satisfy all your needs--only God can. Food will never bring true joy to your life--only God can. Food will never give your life meaning--only God can.
What does healthy eating from a biblical perspective really boil down to? It's running to God instead of turning to food.