Freedom Is Found in Releasing Control


I used to crave control. Throughout most of my time in college I thought that if I could eat a perfect diet and exercise enough, then everything else in my life would somehow fall in to place. But guess what? Even when I ate all the "right" things and got up at 5 am to workout, school was still stressful and unexpected, undesirable situations still popped up. I had to learn that I couldn't control everything and that giving up control was what would lead to freedom, not fighting for more control. Micromanaging or restricting food intake is ultimately a desire for control. We want to be in control of our bodies; of something in our lives.  But we're not called to worry about our food or our bodies. Just the opposite.

At the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?"

Matthew 6:25

Jesus is telling his people not to worry about what their future holds because God is the one who is in control, and He will provide what they need. When everything else in life feels out of control, food feels like something that can provide some stability. But Jesus tells us that we shouldn't worry about that. We shouldn't focus on eating the exact perfect foods according to the latest fad diet out there. He tells us to trust God, to rely on him for what we need.


God created our bodies. He made us to be intuitive eaters. His perfect design allows us to take care of ourselves without needing to fixate on our appearance or every morsel of food we put into our mouths. He wants us to give up our control and give it to Him. When we let go of our need for control, we are freed up to experience all that He created us for.

When we give God the reigns, we actually get to live more intuitively. He knows that our anxious hearts want to be in control but when we're the ones in the driver's seat, we usually wind up in a bad place. When we choose to trust God with everything, even what we eat, we can follow where he is leading us.

When Jesus gave up his life, he did so that we could live. So we could experience full freedom in Him, not to put on more chains with rules about what and when to eat and for our bodies to look one specific way. He wants us to glorify Him by loving ourselves and others. We can't do that if we're making food an idol.

We have to trust that He has our best in mind. He wants freedom for us. We just have to trust that his plan is better than the one we might have for ourselves.