This morning, I was reading my bible and eating breakfast at the same time. I put a bite of egg in my mouth and chewed it.
I had the fork raised to put another bite in my mouth when the Holy Spirit said quietly, “You haven’t finished the food in your mouth yet.”
Startled, I realized that in my distraction, I wasn’t even paying attention to the food I was eating. I wasn’t enjoying it.
It was just a mindless ritual, a task to get out of the way until I moved on to the next thing.
I put the fork down.
One of the principles of Take Back Your Temple is to “Appreciate Every Bite.” Now the reason for the principle started out based on biology: The brain has a built-in appetite regulator called the ‘Appestat’ that kicks in about 20 minutes after you start eating.
It tells you when you have had enough to eat.
So if you are eating your meals in less time than that, it is possible that you are eating 2 or 3 times the amount that your body needs.
However, this time I saw this principle from a different perspective. You see, I teach Sunday School and one of the upcoming lessons I’m teaching is called “Meaningless Worship.”
It is based on Isaiah 29:9-16 in which the prophet spoke to the people of Judah about going through the motions in their worship.
They performed the rituals, but their hearts were far from God.
In other words, it was just another task to get out of the way until they moved on to the next thing. Sound familiar?
In the lesson commentary, it gave three reasons why worship had become meaningless to God’s people.
You’ll see in a moment how it relates to eating:
1. Forgetting about the Life Giver. The people were so caught up in their daily lives, pursuing their personal goals, and dealing with life challenges that they did not acknowledge God’s presence or thank Him for their provision.
2. Failing to consult God about their daily decisions. They relied on their own understanding or everyone else but God to decide what actions to take.
3. Failing to spend time with God. They didn’t take time out of their day to seek the Lord about his plan and purpose for their lives, or for private prayer, praise, and worship.
After thinking about this, I put my bible aside. I decided to have breakfast with my King.
I put a bite of food into my mouth, thinking “God I am so grateful that you are with me and that you never leave me nor forsake me.”
I finished that bite and went on to the next one, remembering the scripture, “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you – yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).”
After finishing that bite and in the middle of the next one, I thought “God thank you so much for providing this food to me.”
Several moments passed in which I ate quietly, finishing and appreciating one bite at a time before moving on to the next.
Finally, with the last bite came the thought “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
It was one of the most enjoyable breakfasts I had had in a long time!
Then I thought, “What if I could always think of my meals as an opportunity to dine with the King of Kings?”
While it is true that I pray before I eat, it had become a ritual, another task to get out of the way before moving on to the next thing.
It was sobering to realize this. I was convicted of taking my Lord for granted in this area.
So I repented and said this prayer:
“Dear Precious Lord – Thank You so much for having breakfast with me. Thank You for loving me enough to provide for all of my needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I am sorry for not truly appreciating the food that You have provided for me today.
You have provided the clothes on my back and the roof over my head. I thank You for saving me Lord.
I thank You for giving me the opportunity to experience a real, daily relationship with you, not engage in meaningless rituals.
You created me fearfully and wonderfully. With every meal Lord, I want to dine with You. I don’t want to just “eat” anymore. I want to upgrade my eating experience to “dine.”
To me, dining means that I am eating with a friend. And what closer Friend do I have than You?
So dine with me, Lord.
Each meal, tell me which foods we should have on the menu and I will prepare them. I will set a quiet a place for us so that I can hear You speaking to me.
Dine with me, Lord. Empty me of myself and fill me with your Presence. That will truly satisfy me – Spirit, mind, and body. Amen.”
I challenge you to dine with the King on your next meal. Not just eat – DINE. After all, you are eating with a Friend!
I hope like me, you’ll decide to upgrade your meals and never rush through them again. God bless you this day as you dine with your King!
I have been divorced and single since 1987 and always eat my meals alone. But now after reading this about dining with the King, I am looking forward to my breakfast this morning with the King of Kings, Jesus.
Amen Karen! I’ve found it really makes a difference to have that perspective. God bless you and enjoy!
I have changed my eating since reading many books and watching Forks Over Knives. I want to eat to as close as to the Bible as I can. They did eat fish and meat in the Bible. I do not believe they ate in the quantity of meat that we do. My goal is to eat 90% plant-based food and 10% meat. I rarely any dairy and believe it is not really designed for our bodies (I do eat a little sometimes– not legalistic). My goal is to eat food that is closest to the way God designed it– clean. I have to work on continuing that path and not overeating.
Sounds like a good plan to me, Melissa!
Kim, what is your take on eating meat? I’m hearing reasons for eating meat and reasons for not. A friend stopped eating meat and is following the forks over knives diet and lost twenty seven lbs. Should we follow the garden of eden way of eating mm or give thanks for meat? I’m confused. Thank you.
Hi BK – God is not the author of confusion, so the short answer is that God permits man to eat meat. I believe that God’s best for man is the food that He originally designated for us in Genesis 1:29: “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” I think it is wise to make fruits and vegetables the majority of your diet for health reasons. However, God allowed man to eat meat after the flood: “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood (Genesis 9:3-4). It is up to each person to decide how much is right for them. I recommend seeing which eating approach works best for you. Food should GIVE you energy, not take it from you. What works for one person may not work for another so you will ultimately be the best judge.