Don’t Worry About What to Eat ~ Sunday Devotion
Do not give so much thought to what you will eat or drink. Do not be worried about it. Luke 12:29 (NLV)
God sees you. He knows everything about you. You have an amazing Father who loves you. God is a faithful provider.
Luke 12:22-31 is a familiar passage telling us not to worry about what we’ll eat or drink or wear. It’s a comforting passage especially to a young girl who went through the grocery store with her mother while she used a calculator to make sure she had enough food stamps to cover that week’s groceries. To be sure, I never went hungry, and we were blessed beyond measure. This is simply an example of how this verse provides assurance that God will provide. I saw Him do it during times when my family lived on unemployment and food stamps. One of my first experiences finding money while on a walk was during a season like this, but that’s a story for another day. 😉
Fast forward several years when this verse challenged me. I had become obsessed with weight loss, dieting and counting calories. I worried about what to eat, not because I wasn’t sure if we had enough grocery money but because I was concerned about gaining weight. At the time, my life’s purpose was weight loss. My obsession was counting calories, tracking, researching, trying every new fad diet that came along. My life revolved around what to eat and when to eat. I knew how long I had to exercise to burn the amount of calories I wanted to eat without feeling guilty. Instead of seeking things of God, I spent my time seeking a new way to eat that would result in weight loss…only it never did, not sustainably anyway.
Eventually, I adjusted my priorities. I realized that my job was to follow Jesus and seek Him first, and He’d take care of the rest. He didn’t create me to pursue weight loss. He showed me how to eat without worrying about it. And He can do the same for you. You can live a healthy life without obsessing over it. In fact, you will only be able to live a sustainable healthy life when you begin to trust Him. He’ll give you the wisdom you need to honor the body He’s entrusted to you. It’s time to let go of this worry.
Action Step: Are you worried about what to eat? Do you need to hold onto the assurance of God’s provision that this verse provides? To be reassured that He sees you and knows everything about you? Or, do you need to allow this verse to challenge you? Have you placed too much focus on what to eat and allowed that to distract you from God’s purpose for your life? Let Him set you free from your worries today so you can get on with doing what He’s called you to do.
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