Idols do not always come as carved images.
I’m not overweight but I have always been very nonchalant and careless about what I eat. And I love food. I really do. And the more junky, the better. I’ve always felt nothing about grabbing a chocolate whenever I wanted to, or having seconds, not because I’m still hungry but because it tasted so good. From the beginning of 2013, I really started getting reckless with my eating habits and I noticed I started putting on 2 or 3 kilos.
One night, my daughter was sick AGAIN and I was very restless and couldn’t sleep. I was wide awake, frustrated that she was sick again for an unknown reason and I could feel spiritual tension in the heavenlies. I started to ask God why she was sick again and this vision opened before me:
I first noticed a dragon’s tail walking away from the scene into another dark passageway. I could hear the swish of his green tail as it swayed. I could sense that he was in charge of the scene going on around me. He was walking around, as if supervising. The scene was a very Old Testament type scenario. The walls were light grey and made of massive stone. In front of me was a buffet table in a U-shape. The table was full of delicious food and the people were ravishing the food like pigs. They were greedy and insatiable and they could not get enough of all the food laid out before them. The one man to my left was devouring a huge turkey leg like an animal. I could sense the greed going on. Behind the table on the wall was this picture of a deity with the sun’s rays behind her head. The vision ended.
To me, this might be how we make food an idol. And looking back, that is what I have been doing. The picture of the deity depicts this very idolisation.
The dragon’s tail for me represents Satan’s tail as he swept a third of the stars down to earth. The fact that I only saw the tail, and walking away from me, tells me that Satan is using the idol of food to 1. Draw me away from God’s Word through this distraction and 2. How am I to exercise obedience as God needs me to if I am so blasé about how I handle food? Gluttony is a sin of stubbornness, rebellion and disobedience (Deut 21:20).
“His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth…the great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him” (Revelation 12:3-9).
“The great dragon was cast down the old serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, which seduceth the whole world (Rev. 12:9). The tail in Scripture always tends to denote falsities: “The tails of the horses were like unto serpents, having heads, and by them they do harm” (Rev. 9:19)
“Jehovah will cut off from Israel head and tail… and the prophet, the teacher of a lie, he is the tail ”(Isa. 9:14, 15)
“The locusts had tails like unto scorpions, and stings were in their tails; and their power was to do harm to men” (Rev. 9:10)
Solomon himself warned his son against the gluttonous eating of meat:
“Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.”
I never ever thought God cared this much about food or what we eat. But He clearly does! Paul also warned against numerous works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21). To revel means “merrymaking”, riotous feasts, parties and socialising, implying undisciplined eating.
“And put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite” Proverbs 23:2
Thinking about the weird atrocities they are placing into our food nowadays is shocking. I also believe we need healthy bodies and healthy minds for these end days. Even in times of spiritual warfare, our bodies draw out a lot of protein.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God!
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