The Wisdom of Solomon for Shopping, Eating and Dining

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.

Proverbs 23:1-3 KJV

God’s wisdom, will lead you to Christian weight loss if you need to lose a few pounds .

Our modern 21st century world is ruled by big corporations.  Food industry giants are global, household brands.  Before parting with your money and consuming their products, treat them with mistrust until you have carefully considered what they are placing before us.  A key to Christian weight loss can be found in this Proverb.

Anything that is physically swallowed such as foods, herbal remedies, and pharmaceuticals should be weighed up wisely.  The Wisdom of Solomon found in these Bible verses are particularly enlightening in the Amplified Version.

When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is [set] before you; For you will put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food [offered to you with questionable motives].

Proverbs 23:1-3 (AMP)

This proverb encourages us to think very carefully about what is placed before us to consume.  This study of the Word of God provides a key here for weight-loss for Christians. Solomon says that we are to resist these wonderfully presented products as they are offered with deceitful motives. Usually, the motive behind most things is financial profit.

What can this mean?  Well, the love of money is a root of all evil, not money itself but the love of money.  It is almost safe to assume that any global, profit-making corporation will love money.  The ruling CEO’s and management, and share-holders who are creating personal wealth, will focus on profit first.

As a side note, there is nothing wrong with building financial security for yourself and loved ones if you are able to avoid the ‘love of money’.  Proverbs 23:4 says, ‘will you set your eyes upon wealth, when suddenly it is gone? For riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flies towards the heavens. (This verse is after the verse above.) Since Solomon was the richest man that ever lived, I expect he knew a thing or two about wealth.

Solomon is saying that we should not be lured into consuming these dainties or products or things that are presented to us without knowing why they are offered to us.  They appeal to our sensual natures – our five senses and can be a trap.  He is also saying, ‘put a knife to your throat if you are someone given to appetite.  I am not quite sure what this means, but could it mean that you must effectively, cut off the very channel to consume these things, by denying them, even if it is uncomfortable?  If you are a person given to appetite for these things, then you may risk dying from consuming them eventually.  There is so much that can be gleaned from this Proverb. Could this be a powerful tool for Christian weight-loss perhaps?

Sometimes Solomon proverbs can seem very strange, but when you see how they can relate to a situation, then they give up their sparkling wisdom. This Proverb may mean something entirely different, but equally wise, to a different generation or a different world economy.

I worked in a supermarket for a few years and saw first-hand how questionable their motives really are were.  This supermarket was taken over by another while I worked there.  Both supermarkets had, as part of their brand, an awareness of animal welfare, fairness to the third world, staff welfare and care of the environment apparently. However, they both had one simple agenda – to get as much food down the necks of as many people as possible.  If they could force-feed their customers, like foie gras geese they would have done so, I feel sure!  Both supermarkets were apparently profit-sharing, either with the partnership of the staff, or as profit dividends to their customers.  Yet both exploited staff by paying minimum/low wage.  They only offered part-time work to new staff, and thus avoided making pension contribution.  They both designed the work shifts so that part-time workers never had a paid break. It made me wonder if they were dishonest about other aspects of their so-called ethical brand.  They were both determined to out-compete competitors and to make maximum profit for their high-salaried management.  At Christmas, customers were offered a staggering choice of tempting goodies and delicacies at over-inflated prices. Fancy packaging made these things more alluring. During the last hour before the stores closed for Christmas, staff would quickly tear down the Christmas displays and restock the shelves with sales goods such as bedding and towels.  After Christmas, they would offer customers a vast array of slimming products, to apparently, help customers slim down after the Christmas surplus – how kind of them? It was the same at Easter, and any other occasion.

Every day, serving thousands of customers, I was constantly amazed at the size of people’s shopping trolleys, and the large sums of money people paid.  Often these people were tired or sad working long hours earning money to pay for these delicacies offered by rulers with questionable motives. Usually they were back within a few days.  I wondered if they had consumed their food earlier in the week having particularly hungry families. One woman told me her sons ‘ate like horses’ so I jokingly suggested she tossed them some bails of hay to munch on.  I think most people probably wasted a large amount of food and therefore money.

Food was always displayed to be as tempting as possible.  Much research goes into product placement.  Food essentials such as milk and bread were placed as far away from the exit as possible.  Customers would have to walk past ‘goodies’ displayed as enticingly as possible.  Who wants to be manipulated like this?  A good tip for Christian weight loss is to determine to shop from fewer aisles containing fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, bread, meat and fish.  If you go wondering into the aisles of baked goods, and processed foods that are highly processed, high sugar, high fat ‘non foods’, you are most certainly venturing into the territory of the ruler with deceitful dainties.  These factory-produced items are the ones that have a high mark-up price and make the most profit due to cheap ingredients.

These bad foods are making people very ill as they suffer obesity, diabetes and all their complications.  We can all fall prey to this.  Nobody should feel bad if they have been lured and hypnotised by clever marketing. Sugary and fatty food can seem like a ‘bad medicine’ when feeling bad about ourselves or life in general.  These crafty rulers know how to catch us.  The combination of fats and sugars affect our biochemistry in such a way that we can eat almost an unlimited supply.  If we were to eat just pure fat or pure sugar alone we would soon feel sick.  Combine these two things together and you can able to consume huge quantities and still crave more.  I suspect that these hidden sugars are deliberately placed in food items not needing sweetening, just to create an addictive response.  I remember eating a jar of convenience sauce as an easy meal and developing an inexplicable hunger and craving to eat more.  It stimulated my appetite. Weight loss can be difficult with these things around us.  Christian weight loss is possible heeding the words of king Solomon and to avoid these things offered with questionable motives.

Let us view the things that are offered to us with caution and discernment.  The wisdom of old is timeless.  We in the Western world live in a society of high consumerism, unlike other societies who just take what they need yet nurture and tend to their environment.  This hypnotic madness is doing us no favours and impoverishing our minds, health and family-life and finances.

However, we can find grace for every situation in Christ even when we shop, dine-out and eat-in.  We are free in Him by boldly coming to the throne of grace in times of trouble even if that means being tempted to over-spend or over-eat.  There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus!

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