Continued from When Appetite Takes Over
Habbakuk 1:5 “Furthermore, wine betrays the haughty man, so that he does not stay at home. He enlarges his appetite like Sheol, and he is like death, never satisfied. He also gathers to himself many nations and collects to himself all peoples.”
The uncontrolled appetite is a danger. It is like death – never satisfied. Whether it be for food, sex, alcohol, money etc, the uncontrolled appetite leads us to and through the path of destruction. One might say, “I’m only human – I am prone to failure.” But are we – only human? When God made Adam – he was made in perfection, covered in the glory of God. In his nakedness he was not exposed, but sin removed his covering. When God says, ‘Be holy as I AM holy” was He being unreasonable? Would He not enable us with the power of the Holy Spirit to endure all that needs to be endured, to help us when we need help, to teach us the right way to do things?
Fasting is a way to suppress the appetite, to bring it to submission and control. It is not us that should be subject to our appetites, but our appetites should be subjected to us. My love for food, should not cause me to go back on a commitment to God. As I mentioned in when Appetite Takes Over, I was on a fast. I had committed to it. Yet when I felt the hunger, instead of committing to focus on the Word, I went to the fridge and focused on the food. My husband once said to me “what you stare at becomes drawn to you”
For years, I had an addiction to refined sugar. You name it: pastry, sweets, juices, sodas etc. If it was sweet, I wanted it. As I steadily gained weight, i began to have the health complications that come along with an unhealthy lifestyle. As I began to experience all kinds of pains in my body and the subsequent discomfort, I made a decision and on August 1, cut out refined sugar out of my diet. Today , 63 days later, I lost 15 pounds and my BMI went from 37 to 33. I found that I had more energy during the day and was actually sleeping better. There have been times of temptation, yet I persevered, with the help of God. My appetite for sweets was slowly killing me. In the same way, our uncontrolled appetites slowly kill us. Notice in Habbakuk, he says the appetite is “enlarged like Sheol.” Death is has an insatiable appetite. It cannot be satisfied. As we embrace the things of the world and reject those of God’s we embrace death, and we slowly die. Our uncontrolled desires are like ravenous beasts, which can consume us if we are not careful
Even as I recognized during the fast, that we are drawn to what we focus on. The Word (Jesus Christ) is meat to us (John 6:55). If our focus remains or abides in Him, we cannot be shifted to fleshly desires.
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.