“Garbage in/garbage out.” It works with what we see, hear, and eat! Let’s be smart about everything we do!
Proverbs 6:27-28 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
Newton’s third law of motion is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
We deal with physics everyday. Knowing how it works helps us to get things done and avoid certain reactions. Guess what? What we eat and drink affects our bodies the same way. One of the major players in how we process what we see, hear, and do relates to our mental filters, which are controlled by the physical demands and condition of our bodies.
What does this mean?! It means that WE are RESPONSIBLE for putting into our bodies the right kind of fuel for our minds to work right. I’m not talking about our physical shape; I’m talking about mental acuity (although, being in shape physically helps).
The sluggard mentioned in verses 7-10 may be eating something that causes mental sluggishness. Does it excuse him? No, but he would do well to find it and fix it.
We all know that sodas are not good for us–and diet sodas are worse! Does that mean “no sodas ever?” That’s for you and the LORD to decide. If/when we do drink sodas, however, let’s be strategic: Drink one for the caffeine boost (just not everyday); or, drink one ONLY with a particular item, like a burger (again, just not everyday). You and the Spirit work it out. He knows what is best: ask Him!
We are physical beings; we react to our outward environment and to our inward environment. The LORD knows how much control we have over each. He is interested in His relationship with you, so He wants to remove anything that hinders that relationship. Note that relating to His Body, i.e. the Church, is a lot of our interaction with the LORD.
Let’s use every advantage to “clear the way” to a closer relationship with Jesus. Use the physical world to enhance our spiritual objective: To Be Like Jesus.