Proverbs 23:21 "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:..."
Gluttony is defined as excess in eating or drinking; greedy or excessive indulgence.
Do you ever find yourself committing the sin of gluttony? I know I have. This is an area of my life that I'm striving (with the Lord's help) to get under control.
God looks at gluttony as sin. In fact he likens it to the sin of drunkenness. The reason is because it is a sin of lack of self-control. The drunk drinks alcohol in excess and the glutton eats food in excess. God desires for us to exercise self-control in our lives...or should I say God-control.
None of us can abstain from sin on our own. It takes us yielding to the Holy Spirit and letting Him have control. Thanksgiving day is probably the most popular time or day that gluttony is a problem. There is so much good food and we think we have to get as much as we can. There could be several reasons for this. It could be that we only get some of these foods one time a year and we want to get all we can since we won't get the opportunity to eat them again until the next year. Maybe it is because we spent all that time and effort preparing and cooking that food that we don't want it to go to waste. Or maybe it is because it just tastes so good we just lose control. None of these reasons to commit this sin are justifiable reasons. God hates sin no matter what the reason we give for committing it.
How do we avoid being a glutton? Simply pray and ask the Lord to help you stop eating once you are satisfied and don't eat past that point. Our nation is the most overweight of all nations in the world. We need to exercise God-control in our eating habits. Our body lets us know when it is satisfied. The thing is we don't pay attention to our body when we get to that point. We get distracted by television...conversation with others or some other thing that keeps us from paying attention to our body letting us know it is satisfied.
So many of us eat so much that our body can't function properly. Why do you think people feel the need for a nap after they have eaten? Because they ate too much and their body can't handle it.
We all need to start paying attention to our body and letting God have control in this area. He wants to help us...but we have to let Him.