When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
observe carefully what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies,
for they are deceptive food.
~Proverbs 23:1-3 ESV
Someone might read these words of wisdom and think, "I'll be careful next time I sit down to eat with a ruler. Not going to happen any time soon. It's not like the Queen of England or POTUS will invite me to tea at Buckingham Palace or the White House."
EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU EAT,
YOU SIT DOWN WITH A RULER.
You are a slave. I know it is hard for some people to comprehend, but the Bible is clear in Romans 6: You are either a slave to righteousness, serving Christ, or a slave to sin, serving Satan. You may not know it. You may not believe it. It's true, nonetheless. Read Matt Slick's article, The Methodology of Satan, to understand more.
So, when you sit down to eat, you sit down with a Ruler.
The question is, which Ruler are you thinking about as you observe what is before you on the table?
Daniel was offered all sorts of delicacies, but he resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food. He paid no attention to the King of Babylon. He was thinking about the King of Kings.
Every time I sit down to eat, I resolve to think about my Ruler. It is a battle I must wage in my mind. I've struggled with weight issues all of my life, from the time I was about 14 years old. A broken leg left me immobile for weeks, and I gained about 30 pounds. Since then, my weight has been an issue.
A few years ago I lost nearly 50 lbs, and kept most of it off for a couple of years. It slowly started to pile back on and I was thinking I'd have to do something about it, then I broke three bones in my foot. Three months later I am sitting here with an extra 30 lbs. I can blame the broken bones, the wheelchair, the lack of activity... but the truth is, I should have paid attention. I should have made wiser choices, knowing that this would be a struggle. I chose to ignore the tighter clothes, the flabby belly - I chose the excuses (It's Christmas!) and refused to face reality.
I chose to ignore the voice of my Saviour. I wanted to eat those delicacies.
I Chose to Pay NO Attention to His Voice
|Listen with undivided attention!|
My Lord Jesus only wants what is best for me.
I am His slave, and He loves me. He wants me to hear His voice, and He wants to give me life and health and strength to serve my husband and family at home. He wants me to learn to mortify the flesh and exercise self-control. He wants me to stop making excuses.
Dear Lord Jesus, Ruler of my Heart,
Teach me to put a knife to my throat in the face of my enemies - lust, appetite, delicacies, driving desires. You fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness. Teach me how to deny myself. Help me to resist the devil so that he will flee from me. Keep my heart and mind turned toward You, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. I want to keep my eyes on You, to keep my ears tuned to Your voice, to listen to You with my whole heart and with undivided attention. May it be, dear Lord. Amen.