November 1, 2020

Eat Responsibly

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 1, 2020 

When you sit down with a ruler; note well what is before you, and put a knife  to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.  Proverbs 23:1-3  

Responsible eating is a good indicator of responsible living. When you show discipline at the  dinner table, you tend to exercise discipline in other areas of life. It’s when we drift into  indulging our appetite that we harm our bodies. In general, portions pleasing to the palate need to  decrease as our age increases. Responsible eating means we enjoy a delicious meal without  gorging ourselves into gluttony.  

Convenience to good food can lead to cravings that spin out of control. Abundant and delicious  meals make us overweight unless we moderate our intake and exercise our bodies. It is  entertaining and relationally fulfilling to enjoy a nice meal with friends and family, but wisdom  adds temperance and moderation. An undisciplined appetite is destructive and unacceptable to  the Lord.  

“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their  mind is on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19).  

How can we in good conscience experience excessive eating when most of the world goes to bed  hungry? There is a stewardship of food intake that protects our body from excessive weight and  invites undernourished bodies to gain weight. How much we eat and what we eat matters to our  health and to the health of others. We are oblivious when we waste food while others waste  away. Thus, we can eat less so others can eat more.  

Eating is a spiritual transaction, “as the fruit of the Spirit is self-control” (Galatians 5:23).  

Enjoy the blessing of delicious meals with responsible eating. Dine with an eye   on healthy food in smaller portions. Plan menus so you eat food with forethought and you avoid  frequenting fast food. Your body will thank you for making food your friend and not your enemy.  Responsible eating honors the Lord by honoring His earthly temple.  

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If  anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are  that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).


Do I eat responsibly? Am I careful to limit my cravings for food?


Consider a cooking plan around these 31 healthy menus.

Related Reading

Deuteronomy 21:20; Proverbs 25:16; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27; 2 Peter 1:6

Taken from Boyd’s newest 40 day devotional book: Wisdom For Living

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