By Heather Stahlman

My comfort is not found in food, but only in the name of Jesus! Recently I have been dealing with a lot of stressors in my life. To name a few, my family is welcoming a puppy into our home later this afternoon, we are listing our house for sale next week, and we will be living in a temporary home while my husband builds our home.

School is nearly out for summer, but a few important days are yet ahead. My daughters are looking forward to singing in their Spring Spectacular show which they have been preparing for six months now. As room mom for my youngest, I will be providing an end of year party, and I want it to be special and memorable for the little ones while honoring the sweetest Pre-K teacher that ever was.

The grave sin I have entertained at the thought of each of these events is idolatry and control. Instead of seeking the most High King for continual peace, I turned to a burger king. I might add there was also cheesy tater tots, brownies, and mini-cupcakes. As I was shoving the brownie in my mouth, I said, “God please help me. I can’t do it!”

That small prayer encompassed a lot. It was my confession that I couldn’t overcome my addiction to food alone. It was my confession that the stressful situations at hand were too much for me to bear on my own. It was my reprieve for help in the midst of what looks so uncertain ahead. And I knew food wasn’t the answer.

As I shot out of bed sick during the wee hours of the morning, I confessed, “My comfort is not found in food, but only in the name of Jesus!” Immediately, Scriptures and thoughts of Jesus ran through my mind.

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6c).

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

Do not let sin control the way you live do not give in to sinful desires (Romans 6:12).

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world” (John 6:32-33 NASB).

Again, I confessed, “My comfort is found only in You, Jesus. You are my Comforter.” Scripture again flooded my mind.

…give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master… (Romans 6:13b-14a).

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes (Galatians 3:27).

I prayed joyfully, “Thank You, Lord, for opening my eyes to the reality of what I am doing. I want to serve You and only You, Jesus. Food is not my master. I love You. I trust You. Thank You, for this wake-up call!”

As you read, you may be able to relate to the desire to control stressful situations by putting a false god into your own hectic scenario for a false sense of peace. Do you turn to His Living Word? If not, confess your sin and do not give sin a foothold. Go to His living Word and read the promises He has given you!

A few great promises can be found in Psalm 34, Psalm 91, Job 36, Isaiah 40:11, Isaiah 61, and Ephesians 6:10-20. Repent by trading that action for turning to Jesus for peace and comfort. He is the ultimate Comforter and anyone who comes to Him will be filled with peace and joy.

Don’t worry about anything instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).