Junk Food

Have you ever noticed how irresistibly easy it is to reach for junk food? We’re all aware it’s not the healthiest choice, yet there’s something undeniably comforting about it. In moments of seeking solace or a quick escape, junk food seems like an easy answer.

However, this blog isn’t just about the physical junk food that tempts us in stores. It’s about the junk food we consume in our souls. Just as easy to digest, this kind of junk food surrounds us daily. It manifests in gossip, drama, jealousy, strife, anger, and distrust. These negative emotions and behaviors are the junk food that weakens our soul, leaving us spiritually malnourished and drifting away from our faith.

But why do we lean towards such unhealthy habits? It’s a part of our nature that often contradicts God’s guidance. Without His help, we risk indulging in these damaging behaviors, mistaking them for comfort.

Here’s the good news: Jesus offers Soul Food that nourishes us and counters these unhealthy cravings. He invites us to partake in a different kind of sustenance — one that fulfills and strengthens us.

Consider what Isaiah 55:1-2 says: “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.”

This scripture beautifully illustrates God’s provision of spiritual nourishment. He knows what we need and generously offers it without end. This Soul Food from God is not fleeting like junk food; it provides lasting strength and restoration for our lives, fueling our faith and renewing our joy.

Are you feasting on junk food, or are you allowing God to nourish your soul? No matter where you are in life, He is ready to refresh, restore, and renew you. His nourishment is not about fleeting satisfaction but about lasting fulfillment.

How, then, can we replace our diet of soul junk food with the nourishing Soul Food God provides? Here are three steps:

  1. Choose God’s Word: Let the Bible guide you. It’s not just a book; it’s a living conversation with God. Read it, reflect on it, and let it transform you from within.
  2. Worship God: Worshiping God puts everything into perspective. It diminishes our problems and minimizes the lure of negative habits. Worship with your life, your voice, and your heart.
  3. Seek Accountability: Surround yourself with the right people who encourage you to pursue what is spiritually nourishing. Remember, with God and a supportive community, freedom from these unhealthy habits is possible.

the best is yet to come!

PD

City Church, Bloomington, Indiana

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