There’s a cozy spot on my couch with a large indention and a few broken springs. It’s my spot, where I spend the majority of my day. I read, write, pay bills, watch TV, and even sometimes eat there.
These comfortable spaces we all have aren’t necessarily bad. It’s when they become obsessions or things of great importance that we need to rethink them. I will fight for my spot on the couch. Just ask my daughter.
My cozy obsessions, those things I retreat to when feeling lost, are my indented seat on our worn couch, television, and as you’ve heard many times before, food. None of these are problems in moderation, but moderation is something I definitely don’t do well.
The tough thing about food is it’s a necessity. I can turn off the TV or force myself to sit somewhere new, but we must eat. Food is a gift from God.
Here’s the big problem: I’ve moved food in front of Him. In times of sadness, I eat before I pray. In times of anger, I eat before I open my Bible for words of peace. Even in times of joy, I celebrate with food over spending time praising God.
I just finished a fantastic book by John Piper, A Hunger For God. After I started The Fast Diet that I discussed last week, my interest in Christian fasting peaked.
Mr. Piper shares so many wonderful and important thoughts on fasting:
“Fasting is not a no to the goodness of food or the generosity of God in providing it. Rather, it is a way of saying, from time to time, that having more of the Giver surpasses having the gift.” (p.45)
“Fasting is a way of revealing to ourselves and confessing to our God what is in our hearts. Where do we find our deepest satisfaction—in God or in his gifts? And the aim of fasting is that we come to rely less on food and more on God.” (p.57)
The word food here could be replaced by many others: television, our cozy spot on the couch, alcohol, drugs… All of these have been problematic for me at one time or another. They have each been what I hungered for, my food, so to speak.
My goal today is to develop a hunger for God over anything else. To choose Him again and again. I struggle to fully rely on anyone, but I’ve decided He is safe.
As I’m working on trying to fast twice a week, I’m learning how difficult this shift will be for me. I want to fully experience an overwhelming appetite for Him. I dream of being one of these kind of people:
“The strongest, most mature Christians I have ever met are the hungriest for God. It might seem that those who eat most would be least hungry. But that’s not the way it works with an inexhaustible fountain, and an infinite feast, and a glorious Lord.”
I’m going for that calorie free, highly satisfying infinite feast…
What are you hungry for today? Have you thought about spending a little time without it, focused on God? Let’s choose Him together.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.