Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Psalm 37:4

Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (KJV)
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

I like to eat. For me, that also means that I continually struggle with my weight. I always feel so much better when I keep my weight down. But I just love so many of those good things that I can put in my mouth called food. I had a doctor a long time ago, about 30 plus years, who once told me, “There is more to life than food.” Of course he is completely right and while I continue to remember this advice from him, it seems I just can’t turn off my desire for food or at least limit it a little better. I guess you could say food is a weakness of mine.

Not too long ago in studying for Bible quizzing, I read, “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.” I also read a devotion that talked about how Satan uses our weaknesses or what we love so much to manipulate or exploit us. Could food be doing that to me?

Our verse for this week is one of my favorites and seems to be the answer to my problem. “Delight thyself in the Lord…” Spend time with God and cherish and love him. “…and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
God will give us what are those deep down desires of our heart. Do we love God more than whatever is our biggest weakness? Do I love God more than food? I think so. Then why do I struggle so much with this? Maybe I am not relying on God enough. Maybe I need to go to God’s word every time I begin to worry about or crave food that I really shouldn’t have.

One thing I know for sure, God can be trusted with our problems and he definitely has the answers to all of them. I’ve demonstrated over and over again, that I cannot conquer this food addiction in my own strength. Pray for me that I will go to him more often for help when I get that great desire to eat and eat and eat. After all, there IS more to life than food.

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