Thanksgiving to God
Posted by Truthseeker | On 31 Jan 2018 1:53 PM
“Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves…Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Ps. 100:3-4).
As we discussed the role of diet and appetite in mankind’s fall in our previous article, it would be criminal to allow “Thanksgiving” to pass without praising God for His special provision of food in connection with our restoration and redemption. In that first conversation our Heavenly Father had with Adam after eating that which was forbidden, we find mingled among the various consequences, a command from God for His weakened children to eat their vegetables: “…thou shalt eat the herb of the field (Gen. 3:18). Though many among the human family young and old might consider this to be a part of the curse, this addition to the original diet of fruit, nuts, grains, and seeds (Gen. 1:29), is a blessing worthy of giving thanks to God. Also, the fact that this provision was enjoined immediately after forbidden food led to man’s spiritual fall and its physical side effects should impress us with the importance of food in our restoration; both physically and spiritually.
Through sin, not only was our spiritual connection to God severed but also our connection to the unlimited supply of vitality, which sustains physical life without interruption. Our original diet prior to sin, which consisted mostly of fruits, was the perfect diet for cleaning and maintaining the human machine when it was not subject to decay. However, after the entrance of sin, God knowing the cells which compose this living machine would decay increasingly more rapidly, immediately prescribed vegetables, which have great restorative qualities.
It appears to the discerning mind, that God created everything with foreknowledge of the unfortunate circumstances sin would create and provided the solutions far in advance of the problem being manifested; God supplied an abundance of vegetables prior to the situation which made their use necessary. He also established our bodies with an immune system capable of fighting off disease, before there was ever a pathogen present.
Should we not stop and give God thanks when the magnitude of these realities capture the attention of our minds? Shouldn’t we, who know that the bodies we possess were prepared for us by He—who is called the Most High God— give thanks? Should we not say like David, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14)?
These incredible bodies we have been entrusted with bear testimony to the wisdom and power of the omnipotent Being who created them. They have been designed not only with the ability to endure dramatic changes but also the capability of achieving stunning transformations for better or worse depending on the choices we make. The two most obvious factors which have the greatest visible impact upon our body’s health and appearance are diet and exercise. Our choice of diet will greatly determine the amount of energy we have for exercise. In turn, exercise will greatly influence how the nutrients we take in are utilized in the reconstruction of the body. A person may have the perfect physique at one point in their life and lose that perfection through neglect. Likewise, a person can be visibly out of shape and yet, through observing the laws which govern the physical body, be totally transformed into the perfect physical specimen.
Needless to say, this design is not by chance. The wisdom of God which foresaw mankind’s digression from spiritual perfection to the deformity of the sin, as well as formulated the plan to convert him from spiritual deformity to perfection of character, designed our physical bodies to serve as an expression of this reality. Although many may ignore or disbelieve it, diet and food have a pivotal role in both the physical and spiritual realms.
Food was a part of the equation which resulted in mankind’s fall and food (the herb of the field/vegetables) was a part of the equation when God began to work out the solution. Strangely flesh foods such as stuffed turkey were introduced into the diet of mankind much later. These foods, which brought with them a decline in lifespan and in some cases immediate plague (Num. 11:33), are considered by many to be worthy of thanks. Whereas the vegetables God provided to extend our life expectancy, though acknowledged as beneficial, are looked down on. I write this as one guilty of wearing that frown for most of my life prior to age thirty, but I now give God thanks for the restorative properties of the living foods His hands provided as well as the plan for my redemption reflected therein.
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