Famine must be a terrifying thing, a slow dying with no escape. In the Old Testament a lack of food was a sign of curse:
Deuteronomy 28:15-48 If you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees… in hunger and thirst … you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you.
A consequence of disobedience was the lifting of God’s blessing from the earth. It is only by his blessing that the earth is able to produce food; without it we would all go hungry.
In our culture we are not cursed with famine but ironically the very abundance of food could be viewed as a curse:
Proverbs 23:20-21 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
The bible encourages moderation because gluttony is destructive. Much of the current panic about food is because of the negative impact upon health of our dietary habits. The bible’s concern is holistic – gluttony leads to poverty, of health, of finances, and of respect.
God needs to be our god, not food:
1 Corinthians 6:13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food” – but God will destroy them both
In eternity we will have bodies and there will be food, but our bodies as they now are and food as it now is will cease to be. So it is foolish to make food our god.
Food is to be our servant, not our master. It is to be enjoyed with thankfulness to the provider, for our health and enjoyment, and in celebration of his grace.
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