It was no accident that man was placed in the garden shortly after being created. From the beginning of time, the garden has been a symbol of God’s provision for man both physically and spiritually. In Genesis 2:9, we see the Lord providing trees that are both “pleasant to the sight, and good for food”. The garden, and subsequently the food that it supplies, was a gift to mankind providing fellowship, comfort, nutrition, and nourishment. God’s plan for man’s sustenance was whole, complete, and lacking nothing.
Unfortunately, sin came into the world, by food no less, and our relationship with our Creator and His provision for us changed completely. No longer would man eat freely of the goodness of the garden, but by “the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread (Gen. 3:19)”. Suddenly, the ground was cursed and mankind was relegated to toiling for our meals. And although many of us in Western culture have plenty to eat on a daily basis, there is a continual struggle in our lives as we relate to food.
For the most part, we have traded in the wisdom of the Holy One for the fads of this earth. Man now determines what is wholesome and worthy of consumption. We have delegated our health and our nutritional intake to the professionals, seeking what they deem healthy. We have bowed down before the USDA pyramid seeking restoration when we should be asking our Lord for guidance.
As American’s we spend more money on food than any other country on earth, although ironically, as a percentage of our income we spend less than any of our country. What this means is that we are rich. So rich that only a small percent of our money goes toward buying food and we still manage to outspend everyone else.
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Because of our riches, we have become gluttons. Our stores are filled to the ceilings with all kinds of products to gorge our protruding bellies. Twenty-four hours a day, we can pull up to a speaker and demand any delicacy of our choosing. Television shows, magazines, books, and the internet tantalize our taste buds with the images of melt-in-your-mouth goodness. We are surrounded by an abundance of food.
And while we continually desire more, we demand that it be given to us with very little sacrifice on our part. We want to be able to throw off restraint and eat all we want, but at the same time remain as thin as a runway model. Every meal should be an elaborate affair and we should never be forced to eat something that is not absolutely delicious. And the cost, well, don’t expect us to pay more than pocket change. After all, there are plenty of people willing to labor and toil in order to keep the cost of food to a bare minimum for us royal Americans.
With all of this abundance, we are the sickest, most malnourished nation on the planet. Cancers and illnesses are eating away at us and medical costs are skyrocketing. Everyone is walking for the cure, placing their hope in the God’s of this world. There are no lack of saviors ready to offer their miracle cure in the form of the newest diet or health regimen. And there are no lack of masses ready to throw away their money for a quick fix to their problems.
Our country is the epitome of Jeremiah 6:16:
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
We will not walk therein. So is the cry of the world today.
But as Christians, are we not called to a better way? Should we not steward the body that the Lord has blessed us with?
What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
For many Christians, we realize that we should be eating healthy and taking care of our bodies, but with so much conflicting information it sometimes makes our heads spin just thinking about it. Most of us were raised on “SAD” (Standard American Diet) and breaking out of it is difficult. We either feel defeated right from the get-go because the change seems insurmountable, or we over-correct and jump head-long into the man-made fads that promise restoration.
So what is the answer?
Well, I don’t think giving up is the answer and fads don’t work because they are incomplete, focusing only on the part, not the whole of our health. Our goal should be our overall health. Something that is doable and sustainable. Join me this week as I cover ways that we can reform the way we eat.
- Tomorrow, I will will be discussing practical ways to move to a “whole foods” or “real foods” diet (I don’t like the word diet, as I feel that it equates it with all the other “diets” out there.).
- Join me on Wednesday when I share my newfound journey with sourdough bread.
- Thursday I am sharing a super easy homemade pomegranate jelly tutorial.
- And on Friday, I am making fresh mozzarella cheese, perfect for a Caprese Salad!
Hopscotch with us January 14th – 18th as we share another round of over 110 posts full of homeschooling activities and advice, Biblical encouragement, and much much more!