What's Eating You? How Believing In God Helps Control Your Weight

By: Sonia Eizenhoefer 0 Comments   6/30/2011

When looking around it’s not hard to see that people in the United States have a weight problem, actually it’s out of control. Maybe instead of looking at what we’re eating to try and change the problem we could look at what’s eating us.

Could it be we’re eating in order to deal with stress?  When we don’t properly deal with stress and turn to food instead our issues are not being dealt but instead they are just put on hold and will need to be addressed later.

Just like any addict who has a problem and goes to the bar or to drugs to answer his problems but wakes up still having to face the problem tomorrow. When we choose to eat to rid of stress, it’s not healthy spiritually, emotionally, and physically, avoidance isn’t going to be the answer.

It’s true the American diet isn’t healthy at all and the portion sizes are out of control. It’s important to know how often we are eating.  Food is available everywhere at all times of the day if we don’t resist sometimes, we could end up eating six to seven times a day. Most people eat at home at least two to three meals a day and then we face opportunities to eat at work, school, family gatherings, church, and in the community. Food is everywhere and pushed by everyone we need the ability to resist the temptation to cope through food.

Eating is enjoyable and there is such a variety in our stores regardless of what type of food you purchase there are so many choices it can be confusing. Some people cook a meal from scratch and for others it’s easier to buy one already prepared. These choices can add up and be costly later on with health issues and doctor bills. It’s common knowledge that obesity is one of the leading causes to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.  

So let’s look to the bible to find out what is eating us. If we eat in order to deal with stress we need to seek God for answers, He says in His word that His meat is to do the will of His Father. Think of that, choosing to do what God wants, will be so satisfying that it will be like eating a meal. Jesus said to them,

"My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." (John 4:34 NKJ) Consider what it is that God wants you to do. Spend time listening to Him, it will take time to discover His will, but it will be well worth it.

Gluttony and being a sluggard used to be viewed as very bad sins in the bible. Today those who choose to over eat and do not exercise have been enabled to do so. The bible did not change, we did regardless of the new way people are living and these sins are still very wrong and need to be resisted like other sins. How did we get so off track?

You can begin asking yourself some hard questions: Where are the pressures coming from?  Is the stress from my families, the work place, school or my neighbors?  Am I stressed out from the media, the media can sway us to do more, buy more, and have more?  Have we become too busy to be there for our spouses and children? There needs to be a way we can be there for them. Make the time and rearrange your schedule so you can be available for your family.

When there isn't the proper food, right amount of exercise, and a day of rest we will be lead to live a stressful life. But when we remember the Sabbath day and rest one day a week to rejuvenate, we have the strength to face the week.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Ex. 20:8-11 NKJ)

When we eat right, exercise, and get enough rest by utilizing the Sabbath day, we still need to trust God with our daily needs and not worry as it says in Mat. 6:25

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (NKJ)

Then we can choose an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude, this could lessen the pressures we feel from the media or from our neighbors. We need to establish the attitude of being content no matter if we are in lack or have much.

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:11-13 NKJ)

Therefore, when we seek God as to what’s bothering us He will show us better ways to take care of ourselves and those around us. As we obey Him, it should result in better feelings toward stress and He will give us His ways to process stress. Eating all of the time simply becomes sin and needs to be resisted like all of the other sins. Then it’s possible to move into more holiness. :)

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