Allow me to introduce you to, or perhaps remind you of, history’s first compulsive eaters: Adam and Eve. Their abstinence was declared by God Himself, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:16-17, NIV). They were told what not to eat and were given all the providence of the rest of the garden. Amply supplied and graciously gifted, they still began to wonder what that one fruit might taste like. It looked good. The deceiver told them it wouldn’t do them any harm. They wanted to, they were encouraged to, they knew it was forbidden, but they ate, and in so doing brought on a curse.
That curse is what I wanted to address today. Besides spiritual death, knowledge and accountability for sin, enmity with the serpent, and painful child labor, mankind was cursed with the expense of food.
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground (Genesis 3:17-19, NIV)
The curse was that we would have to work for our food – it would forever be expensive. Ever since, we have been trying to find some way to make food cheaper, easier, more convenient, more flavorful, last longer, and more amazing. We’ve been trying to undo the curse by our own power. No wonder we, in so doing, have brought on ourselves so much disease and hardship! Between processing, genetically modifying, chemically treating, and just downright creating foods from non-food particles, we have contaminated the race with inflammation, disease, and genetic mutation.
The answer to spiritual death is repentance – a “return to me” call of the Father made possible through His Son, Jesus Christ. The curses of earth and spiritual warfare will continue until the Day of the Lord, though we know that we who are in Jesus share in His dominion, needing but to “resist the devil and he will flee” (James 4:7).
What if the same “return to me” call of the Father to His children were applied by His children to their food provision? The food God made was specially crafted for the creation it was meant to support. Anything else is a departure from the original plan and, as such, is not as God designed. What if, while we returned to relationship with the Creator for our spiritual health, we returned to His provision for our physical health? This sounds like a solid plan to me. Much better than trying to assume the role of counterfeit creator, always seeking the next newest fad food or diet plan, God’s food God’s way sounds like a good plan of eating to me!
What foods or food behaviors are being revealed to you as your “forbidden fruit”? What are you willing to do about it?
Dear Father, today, help me to find Your will for me, and to be content in it. Forgive me for always trying to make up my own unique way. I admit Yours is always better, and I want to follow You from now on. Help me, Lord Jesus!