The Dreaded Diet
Read: Philippians 4:10-13
“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
There are certain foods that I have learned not to eat. My health depends on following this diet. But it isn’t easy to stick to. Restaurants do not always have choices that are suitable. I am tempted at parties and church suppers. Other times, I just want something different. I want to rebel.
This reminds me of the Israelites and how God gave them manna (described as a “thin flakes like frost on the ground”, in Exodus 16:14) in the desert each day. It was a boring diet but sufficient to sustain life. However they grumbled and asked for something different. They were not satisfied.
I have found that there is only one way to stay on my prescribed diet and that is with Christ. He gives me the strength and willpower to make the right choices. I am able to do everything “through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).
Paul suffered much while he taught about Christ. However he persevered because he knew the truth and knew God would be there throughout his trials.
Is there a particular area in your life where you need the strength of Christ? Ask Him for help and He will be there for you, to listen, comfort and guide you.
Remember: God may not change our circumstances but God can change us in our circumstances.
Oh, I can’t imagine how hard it must be. Hang in there. I gave up sweets for Lent and I am ready to burst!
So glad that God provides us with all the spiritual food we need. Thanks for the reminder.
To live on spiritual food helps when we have to make choices that are hard. I am afraid this Easter weekend I slipped – but not a great amount. I am so thankful that my food allergies are not so serious that making slips are okay. Giving up sweets for Lent is a great idea. I fasted this weekend from all computer work. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.