Are you going to eat that?

For me, practicing self-control with food is a lot harder when the food is right in front of me. Sure I may have the ingredients for cookies scattered throughout my pantry, but avoiding the food processor is a lot easier than turning up my nose to a Danish sample at the grocery store. It’s a lot harder to pass up something that’s sitting right in front of me. 

I find that same principle applies to spiritual “food.” It’s tempting to take something in, just because it’s offered to me. Dish of guilt? Dinner is served. A wayward thought? Better chew on that for a moment.

But I don’t have to. Just because something is placed in front of me, physically or spiritually, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to eat it.

In Psalm 23, David says that the Lord prepares a feast for him “in the presence of [his] enemies.” And just as it’s okay to have a discerning palate for food, it’s okay to ask questions about the spiritual fare you’re being offered. 

Is the Lord preparing a feast for you in the presence of your enemies? Or is the enemy trying to prepare a feast for you in the presence of your Lord?

Are you going to eat that?

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Published by Stephanie Agnes-Crockett

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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