And God said “See…”
The words seemed to jump off the pages at me.
I’m sure up to this point I had probably read the first chapter of Genesis at least a dozen times. Yet never had I seen these words. Never had this powerful phrase ever stood out to me. But, today it was blaring as if neon lights were surrounding the phrase and beckoning me to look deeper.
This for me was what I call a Moses experience. Remember when Moses was in the backside of the desert and he saw a burning bush, its only when he turned aside to look at the bush did God speak to him, calling him into destiny. This is what happened to me. The bush was blazing and as I turned aside to look my whole perspective on food was rocked and a piece of my destiny was changed.
Up until this point I had been actively seeking God about my health. Since the birth of my second son I had seen a steady stream of physical ailments steal vitality, joy and energy from my body. And it seemed no matter how many doctors I went to, how much medicine I took, I couldn’t seem to get better. I begin to seek God about it, asking Him what I should do to live a healthier, free life. At first there were brief words here and there about exercise, about resting and taking care of myself and then after a long period of seeking this phrase finally hit me. God said “See, I have given you…”It was as if God was talking directly to me. I blinked my eyes a few times and looked around just to make sure I wasn’t crazy. God was talking to me and He was talking loud and clear.
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. – Genesis 1:29 (NKJV)
It was clear to me after this experience that God had already carefully laid out how He had intended for me to eat. Before He even created man, he created food for us to consume. God put so much thought into what we would eat, so much thought into what would best fuel our bodies. And we in an opposite manner put very little thought into what we eat, consuming usually what’s quick and easy and not dwelling on what would be best to put into our mouths. Is it no surprise then that the reason our culture is racked with obesity and disease is because we aren’t eating the prescription of our design…possibly.
So what did God give us to eat. I had to do some research to find out what was included in this passage. Below is a breakdown of what I discovered:
Every herb that yields seed
Herb is the Hebrew word`eseb and it literally means to glisten or be green. Herb is basically green plants and green grass. God gave us green things to eat. Things like spinach, kale, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage…vegetables.
Wheat is also included in this prescription as wheat is a green grass that turns brown at harvest time.
Also included in this category are beans. Beans are edible plant seeds.
Every tree whose fruit yields seed
What kinds of things grow on trees? Fruits & nuts. God gave us fruits and nuts and an almost endless variety at that. We have so many choices that there is something for everyone.
To you it shall be for food
So what did I learn from this passage – that God gave me certain foods to eat. Food that would most adequately fuel my body. And those are the foods I struggle to eat the most. He gave me vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole wheat, and beans to meet every nutritional need that I would ever have and yet I find myself eating so much of the opposite of what I was designed to eat. Now am I advocating that you go vegan and only eat what God originally designed? Maybe. But if that is a stretch for you, I’m advocating that you begin to take a closer look at what God gave you to eat. How much of what God laid out for you to eat are you actually consuming?