I have a weakness. Well, several of them, actually. But there’s a big one that I will combat as long as I live: sugar.
When I feel stressed, I choose ice cream.
When I feel like I deserve a treat, I get a fountain Dr. Pepper.
When I’m bored, I bake desserts.
When I’m having a hard day, I grab candy or any other sugary treat near me.
I love it. I gotta have it. And now, unfortunately, my body craves it. I’ve withdrawn from sugar a few times (and it wasn’t pretty or easy), but I always come back to it. Why?
Because I’m a fallen human. I’m a sinner.
A treat every once in a while is acceptable but, for me, sugar is the temptation that draws me away from God.
“Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial.”
This Scripture was first unveiled to me when I was reading Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. To me, sugar is permissible, but it’s not beneficial. It’s a quick fix to satisfy an instant craving or a Band-Aid that will heal what’s ailing me emotionally. But there is no genuine satisfaction there. It doesn’t “bring health to my body and nourishment to my bones” (Proverbs 3:8). That’s what I really want! I want things that are good for my body and deeply satisfying to my soul.
But I am weak, so I need guidance. I need wisdom.
Go back and read Proverbs 3:8. Do you see what’s in the verse before that?
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”
Gosh, how many times do I try to “heal” myself with a sugar fix rather than seek truth from the Healer himself? I’m embarrassed to say it’s too many times. So, what can I do?
There’s so much wisdom in Proverbs (and in the entire Bible). So, the next time I’m tempted to choose sugar over truth that’s sweet to my soul (Proverbs 16:24), I will first pray for the Holy Spirit to remind me of what I’ve been instructed (Proverbs 4:13), to turn to Him for the best path through my situation (Proverbs 3:6), and seek sound judgement and discernment (Proverbs 3:21).
“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.”
I invite you to pray for these things as well for whatever temptation you face. Share your prayer request here and/or share your tips for avoiding temptation in the comments below.