He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
There are two ways that I can change my way of living and thinking about food. The first way involves learning all of the rules—the foods to eat and the foods to not eat. The rules about what to eat also come with rules for rigorous exercise. The second way to submit myself to God’s plan for my life is to live utterly dependent on Him, seeing my body as the temple where the Holy Spirit resides.
If I choose the first way, I can become rigid and legalistic about the rules and become critical of those who do not follow the rules. When the work of doing the rules becomes too difficult, it is easy to just quit. In reality, the first way is change on the outside, which is only temporary.
When I choose the second way, it is about a change on the inside. I enter into a relationship with my Savior and am consumed by my desire to become more intimate with Him. When I change on the inside, I become authentic in my daily living. What I eat becomes an act of worship, and my desires are to please Him in all that I do.
The Lord has been merciful with this wretched man. Scripture reading, Scripture memory, Bible study and prayer are the tools for an inward change in my living and thinking about food.
Thank You, Lord, for showing me the difference in the spiritual discipline of submitting all of living and thinking to You. I want to submit to You more and more every day.
Journal: Is your walk with the Lord what you want it to be? If not, what needs to change?
Michael D. Smith
Taken from Living Well, FP4H Devotional Book. To order, visit our website, www.firstplace4health.com or call 800.727.523, x1002.