Last week, NPR did a story about crisis levels of obesity in the United States and located ground zero in Holmes, Mississippi. There, 44% of children and 70% of adults are overweight or obese. I needn’t elaborate here on the related health complications that keep doctors busy, nor the psychological roots and consequences of this epidemic as it is not a lack of information that has this plague spiraling out of control. It is a lack of relationship with the Creator, a subsequent misunderstanding of our purpose and power, and the accompanying failure of accountability for stewardship that results from this gap that is swallowing us bodily. In addition to abstaining from all forms of processed sugar, regular exercise, prayer and fasting, one needs to engage in spiritual warfare.
For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against authorities and powers, against the world-rulers of this dark night, against the spirits of evil in the heavens. (BBE)
It is not coincidental that the beginning of this chapter in the Book of Ephesians, a chapter that instructs us as to why and how to put on the whole armour of God, treats parents’ obligations toward children. As an educator I have been painfully aware since the beginning of my assignment in the classroom that learners who lack relationship with their parents often are at greater risk of failure. When my assignment took me into daily contact with parents at an elementary school, it was painfully obvious that parents who lack relationship with God are at greater risk of passing on this spiritual vacuum to their children. Nature fills a vacuum. Sugar may be an early pacifier but as with any gateway substance, things only escalate from there.
One way to return to right relationship is to align ourselves with God’s design for our lives. To find out what that design is, we need look only as far as The Bible. To begin, read. And as you read, request revelation. Then, receive it.
For the vision is still for the fixed time, and it is moving quickly to the end, and it will not be false: even if it is slow in coming, go on waiting for it; because it will certainly come, it will not be kept back. (Habakkuk 2:3 BBE)