Thus says the Lord God, "Be not rebellious; open your mouth and eat what I give you. Eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it." Then I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. Also He said to me, "All My words that I shall speak to you, receive in your heart and hear with your ears."
Ezekiel 2:8, 3:3,10
Human beings have insatiable appetites. We crave sweets, carbohydrates, salty snacks, and carbonation, just to name a few. We seek out what we crave, filling ourselves to satisfy our tastebuds. We rebel against healthy choices and refuse to refuse those things which damage our bodies the most. We give in to our cravings time and time again because food tastes delicious, and we want so badly to satisfy our flesh.
When God came to Ezekiel the prophet, Ezekiel had no idea what was in store for him. God was about to download a vision into Ezekiel the likes of which had never been seen before: living creatures with wings and many eyes on wheels, a man who seemed continually enveloped in flame but wasn't burning, a field of scattered bones re-joining their skeletons and re-growing flesh. God was planning on using Ezekiel as a great vessel for His word and vision, but before He began, He prepared Ezekiel's heart. He told him, "Do do be rebellious. Eat what I give you."
In a vision, God presented Ezekiel with a scroll and told him to eat it. Ezekiel did and responded with, "It was as sweet as honey in my mouth." I believe God was reinforcing in Ezekiel the truth that there is nothing better than His word. He knew Ezekiel's job would be difficult, and God wanted to show him that what He had to give Ezekiel, His word, was desirable and good.
Unfortunately for us, we are often so busy satisfying our flesh that we don't take the time to notice how sweet God's substance is. Just as we rebel against making healthy choices for our bodies, we also rebel against making healthy choices for our spirits. When we constantly give into the desires of our flesh despite what our bodies actually need, we are teaching our will that it's okay to do that in every area of our lives. In opposite, the same is true: when we ignore what we need spiritually, we are also giving ourselves permission to ignore what we need physically.
Self-control is a hard concept to practice in modern America, but the Bible tells us in Galatians that it is one of the fruits of the Spirit. This means that when we commune with the Holy Spirit and feed our spirits, demonstrating self-control will become easier and easier. Understand that self-control physically and spiritually go hand-in-hand. We create habits in one area that transfer over to the other areas in our lives. Instead of reaching for that second cupcake (or maybe even the first,) make a conscious choice to fill yourself with the sweetness of God's Word. Over time you will find that the gloriousness of a cupcake (or a slice of pizza or a Coke) truly does pale in comparison to the deliciousness of the Bread of Life.
This devotion was truly written by the heart of the Holy Spirit, as anyone who knows me also knows my deep love for baked goods...and food in general. However, I can say my God has gotten my attention. Maybe I'm not the only one He is speaking to.
Megan Forsyth Bolton