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Faith, Food, and Fear Struggles under Quarantine

The world would have us find our comfort from sensual pleasures of the flesh. But any pleasure or comfort you get from food will be temporary at best.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with comfort food or being satisfied when we eat a delicious meal. There is a reason that homemade chicken soup makes you feel better when youre under the weather, its comforting! Food is a gift from God and its OK to enjoy it.

Truth: Our True Satisfaction Comes from God, Not Food

The truth we need to remember here is that God is our comforter and He created us to find our satisfaction in Him.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11 NIV)

When we turn to food to cope with our feelings, were doing something that is totally normaland there is no shame in itbut not totally helpful. We would be better served by allowing our feelings to be what they are, without judging them or trying to escape them with food, and by bringing our feelings honestly and openly before the Lord in prayer.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

So when we find ourselves standing in the pantry or in front of the refrigerator, lets pause and ask the Lord to show us what we truly need in that moment. Lets welcome another opportunity to pray during the day and open our hearts to what God wants to show us about true satisfaction and comfort.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:2-4 NIV)

Prayer: Lord, I praise you for being a refuge I can turn to when emotions overwhelm me. Help me to remember I find my true satisfaction in you. Please comfort me in my trouble so that I can spread the compassion and comfort youve given me to those around me.

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