I have been studying in Exodus chapter 16, this week. I have seen something that I believe the Lord has showed me and I would like to share it with you.
In chapter 16 of Exodus we find the children of Israel had come into the wilderness of Sin. That got my attention right away, because I know without doubt that my over eating was sin. So that struck a cord in my heart.
We find the children of Israel complaining against Moses and Aaron, God's appointed men, which in fact meant they were complaining against God. They were complaining that it would have been better to have died in the land of Egypt where they had more than enough to eat. But no, Moses and Aaron had brought them out to this wilderness to kill their whole assembly with HUNGER.
The Lord then told Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." He told them that on the sixth day that they should prepare that which they bring in. And on this day they were to gather twice as much, so they would have enough for the seventh day also.
In verse 8 Moses says, "This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full."( JUST TO THE FULL, NOT OVER FULL)
True to God's word in verse 13 it says, "--------at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. (manna meaning, 'what is it') And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat."
Then Moses gave them instructions on how they were to gather it and how much they were to gather. They were to gather of it every man according to his eating. So we are told that some gathered more and some less.
Moses told them that they were to leave none of it till the morning. Some of the people paid no attention to the instruction that God had given to Moses to give to them. So some of them kept some of it, til the morning, and it had bred worms, and stank. Then we are told that Moses was wroth with them because they had not obeyed God.
Now remember that on the 6th day, they were to gather twice as much, so they would have enough to last for the holy sabbath unto the Lord. He told them to bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over, lay up for you to be kept until the morning. This time following Moses instructions from God the bread for the holy sabbath day did not stink, neither was there any worms therein. He told them to do this because there would be no bread in the field on the seventh day. Some of them did not obey and did not get enough for two days, on the sixth day, so when they went out to gather on the seventh day, there was none to be gathered.
The thing that was brought to my attention was that God gave them just enough. They didn't overeat nor were they to put any back for another time except on the sixth day.
So if we follow God's way of feeding the Israelites then we are to eat just enough to fill us up and then STOP. I realize that I very rarely do this. I love the taste of most food and I eat many times more than it takes to fill me up. THAT IS SIN. I have confessed that sin before God and have asked Him to forgive me. I know that He has. Now, it is up to me to follow HIS WAY.
In Exodus 20:3. One of the 10 commandments is: THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER gOD'S BEFORE ME. I believe that with eating, I have had another god before the ONE TRUE GOD, many times in my eating. I know that because when I was born, God gave me a healthy body. It has been mostly through my not taking care of this body where food is concerned that I have caused it great harm. I have not obeyed the first commandment of God often in this area of my life. I pray that I will not be guilty of that again. For now, I know the truth.
I think this WAY is going to bring a lot of things to light for me. I just pray that God gives me the strength to correct those wrongs that I find as I go this WAY.
Maybe you see the same thing in your way of eating and your attitudes toward food. I will pray that if you do, we can all tear down that god that we have clung to so tightly in times of stress, loneliness, sadness, grief, happiness even, etc. Times when we should have been going to the Lord for our comfort or need, instead we went to our god. Please pray for me as I am attempting to correct these many years of bad habits. So, now we know WHAT IT IS, IT IS SIN.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul.
Have a victorious day! connie