“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
There really is nothing glorious about eating or drinking. Even at the finest restaurant the act of eating is really only to nourish our bodies. So why did Paul use eating and drinking to illustrate giving God the glory? I believe he wanted me to think that in every situation, I am called to focus on God’s glory. When it is time for a meal, others sacrifice themselves to prepare the food, the animals contribute in the case of eggs or make the supreme sacrifice in the case of bacon. Eating is a gift to our bodies of life… and grateful hearts filled with glory for God’s providence abound.
Does gratitude and glory really abound? For many eating is a nuisance, an interruption… for others who like my grandmother, “Lived to Eat” her life was all about the food. God has a right to expect a happy medium. He created our bodies so that we need to eat to live. Good food gives us energy and pleasure. I delight in succulent fruits and glow with excitement over a decadent dessert. The problem is that I rarely give God the glory He deserves for these simple pleasures.
Lord, I am grateful indeed, but need to recall the giver of the gift! Help me to always to gratefully acknowledge those who prepare my meals and give YOU the glory for the ingredients, for the way this food nourishes my body and my soul! I live and move and only have my being because of Your gifts! I give YOU the Glory!