Surrender the food. What does that mean? Is surrendering food about all the “naughty” food? The sugar, fat, processed and high caloric food? Is that what it’s about? Why don’t we think of fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy as well? Why is it that when we read “surrender the food” we think mainly of all those foods that we are told are what makes us fat and which we can’t seem to stop indulging in in large amounts? And which we should NOT be eating, according to what “they” say.
Anything that comes before God is an idol. How do I know if food is an idol? It’s my go to for comfort, love, acceptance. It’s my go to thing to help me deal with life, struggles, feelings and pain. I should be going to God. I put food before God. It is an idol. It needs to be surrendered.
- to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favour of another
- the action of surrendering to an opponent or powerful influence
- deliver up possession of
- to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.)
- to yield or resign
- to give up or abandon
Is surrender surrender if I do it with a wrong attitude? Is surrender really surrender if I moan and complain about it and have a spirit of resentment? Is surrender more about a willing spirit wanting to please a merciful God, knowing that it is from my heart that I want to please Him more than I want to please myself with food?
Ultimate surrender starts in the heart. Don’t surrender food with an attitude of resentment. Or do it because I “have” to or because I “should”. Do it willingly. With joy. As a sacrifice of praise to a God who is so willing to help and lead and direct me into a new experience of freedom.
I want my yearning to be toward God rather than a certain food. I want my desire to be for a deeper walk with Him rather than some meal or packet of this or that. I want my heart to crave God rather than crave some particular food. It’s hard. It’s tough. Unless I surrender the food to God I will always struggle.
If the surrender isn’t from the heart it will not be true genuine surrender.