Eating Well

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Romans 2:25-3:8; Proverbs 13:24-25

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Proverbs 13:25
The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul,
But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

When it comes to the topic of eating, we Singaporeans can identify very well. Yet, we know that many of us eat the best of food, and yet our soul is not satisfied. Why? Perhaps it is because our desires are not righteous. We often crave for things we know border on the fringe of lust, greed, even perversion. No wonder we can never be satisfied. Like the wicked, our stomach shall always be hungering for more of the forbidden and fruitless. Instead of eating more, perhaps we can try eating healthy.

Recently, I heard a sad story of how a family was fighting for an inheritance. One party was usurping all, the other was left with nothing. One seemed blissful, the other blameful. Both, tragically, are Christians. My advice to the wronged party was to enjoy what he already has, be thankful, and seek to live righteously. Don’t fret about the greedy person having a great time enjoying his wealth. The stomach of the wicked can never be satisfied. The lustful will never be happy.  Money, sex, and power. None of these can ever meet our deepest longings. Only Love can.

Lord, it is so easy for me to be deceived into believing that the forbidden always tastes better. Transform my desires, renew my mind, and help me eat to the satisfaction of a righteous soul.