Keith Martin, a 44 year old 980 pound London man has died. Sadly, Keith Martin, who consumed 20,000 calories a day, was a prime example of a Biblical glutton. In our day, his label has been changed to having an “eating disorder.” The obese Keith Martin allegedly ate food for comfort! That reveals the core problem. Somehow he got comfort and satisfaction from eating and drinking VERY large qualities of food and drink to his own physical demise.
Years ago, I remember reading where a similar super heavy weight died and was buried in a piano case! As with Keith Martin these are all horrible tragedies – tragedies of a wasted life as with Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston! Very sad! Many things in this world can destroy us and sometimes the obvious ones (like street drugs and alcohol) are not the culprit that will bring us down. Food is something we must all eat, but as with Keith Martin it can be carried to a deadly excess. Food can actually become a sinful temptation! It was that way with Adam and Eve. Also, the devil tempted Jesus, when he was fasting, with FOOD (Lk. 4:3)! Remember, food (or anything else) is not our source of comfort and delight. GOD is that and much more! IF we try to find comfort in anything or anyone apart from the true and living God, it will lead to our destruction. Solomon wrote about Gluttony:
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for THAT FOOD IS DECEPTIVE. (Prov 23:1-3)
Food can be deceptive, just like many other things in this world. Only GOD is the real thing and can bring deep satisfying joy and peace. Paul went through MANY problems as he lived holy and faithfully served God. He wrote of our true source of COMFORT:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the GOD OF ALL COMFORT, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Cor 1:3,4)
Paul never turned to food for comfort and neither should we. He turned to God, as we all should, for all our needs. Paul also wrote:
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, THEIR GOD IS THEIR STOMACH, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Phil 3:18-20)
Make your short life count for God. Once it is gone, it can’t be redone. SOULS are perishing and multitudes are misled and need Bible truth and guidance. Don’t become another tragedy of a wasted life!