Gluttony Devotional: Friday, March 11

Begin with prayer.

Read Proverbs 23:1-3: When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what1 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.

These three verses warn the reader to not over-indulge in the king’s impressive feast.  In what ways do you over-indulge in things that are impressive?  What are those things that you crave and have only because they are impressive?

Putting “a knife to your throat” is obviously not to be taken literally.  The figurative meaning is if you are tempted to over-indulge in food, entertainment, etc. control your self and curb your appetite in regards to that “thing.”  This week have you been able to identify those things in your heart and life that you are gluttonous with?  

Pray, ask God to help you to live a life of temperance not desiring anything in excess.  Seek Jesus to change your heart and mind toward those things that tempt you to lose self-control and not live in moderation.