I grew up “organic” long before it was trendy to do so. My parents gardened and we only got dessert on birthdays or holidays. My husband was also raised to value pure, whole food, and neither one of us were picky kids. Consequently, we spend a little more on groceries than the average family because we try to avoid the processed junk many Americans rely on. I purchase sunbutter, organic apple juice, stevia, and gluten-free flour mix. Doing so stretches our finances, but we feel the sacrifice is worth the cost. After a while, we start to feel like we’re entitled to a certain eating lifestyle (Paleo, organic, ketones, etc.). Those that know me might label me a health freak–I can become a little obsessive at times–so know that I’m not advocating we eat cheap hotdogs and chips. Even so, I’ve been thinking about this mindset that says, “I deserve.”
When we look at God’s provision over us, He says we should pray for “our daily bread.” Now, I’m not going to discuss the gluten-intolerance issue, but God never promises us a gourmet meal every day, or even variety. The Israelites relied on manna and the occasional bird to satisfy their hunger. They drank water (no milk, wine, or juice). In rebellious attitudes, they whined that they no longer had the melons, leeks, cucumbers and fish of Egypt. (Numbers 11:4-6). To them, God’s provision wasn’t sufficient because it didn’t go beyond the need into the want. But God doesn’t promise to meet all our “wants.” When we expect God to meet every desire and craving, we have transferred positions from servant to god. We demand our LORD become the eternal vending machine in the sky, supplying us with every appetite we adore. Our inclinations must always bow to our LORD’s will–whether it’s comfortable, enjoyable, or varied. In vanity, many Christians believe God’s goal for us is happiness. But it’s not. Our Savior did promise us eternal bliss, but not here. The here and now is fraught with tribulations (John 16:33) and self-sacrifice and joy amidst the pain.
Matthew 16:24: “ Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (emphasis mine).
Galatians 5:13: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
Loving God motivates us to keep His commands and follow His holy ways. And His love for us isn’t contingent on how many wishes He grants; He owes us nothing. (I Thess. 4:7-8)
I Peter 1:13-16: “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'”