When it comes to excess sugar, it’s best not to play the blame game. There is no benefit in trying to push responsibility off on someone else.
The example in the bible of this is Eve. Eve saw the fruit in the garden was good for food as well as knowledge. So, she ate it and gave it to her husband who was with her , and he ate. When God approached them in the garden, deep in their shame, Adam pointed to Eve and Eve pointed to the serpent. The serpent, she assured God, had deceived her to eat. (Genesis 3)
Are we, in this current age of information, deceived? Or perhaps do we, like Eve really want to do things our way? To eat the things that bring us the most pleasure without considering the consequences? It is easy to point our finger at manufacturers. After all, they put sugar in just about everything we eat.
Marketing experts are very adept at enticing us to partake of that wonderful, mouth watering, substances that gives a rush of pure pleasure. Even when we know to read labels to ascertain the amount of excess sugar. The swift spike of high blood sugar then the sudden drop. The long term affects of excess sugar weakening blood vessels, collagen, skin, muscles and bones has been reported in various literature.
Weakness to resist becomes weakness to exist. I should know, I’ve been a sugar addict for many years. I read everything I can about how too much sugar affects us negatively. Abiding for long periods of time to avoid it or only eating natural sugars.
So, the temptation of fruit and knowledge in the garden for me….. Well, the outcome for mankind would be one and the same, had I been in Eve’s place. My goal for myself and for you is to rely on God and not so much on pleasure.
Here are some questions to ask ourselves about our sugar intake:
Do I have to have sugar every day?
Am I aware of how much sugar is in the food I eat?
Are there withdrawal symptoms, like shakiness or irritability, if I don’t eat sugar?
How easy, on a scale of 1-5 (1 very easy 2–easy 3–hard 4—very hard 5 —can’t do it) is it to give up sugar?
What is the largest source of sugar intake in my diet and how can I reduce that intake?
The questions above are meant to encourage us to evaluate our intake of sugar. May God guide you in your daily walk with Him. Because His word satisfies like no sugar on earth ever can. And may we pray for some self-control as we walk through this fascinating garden of life with all it’s temptations and promises to please. I pray God opens our eyes to consequences of overindulgence prior to our excess intake. Trusting Him to reach those areas of our souls that desire deep contentment.