Today in God’s Word
1 Samuel 29-30; 1 Corinthians 10; Ezekiel 8; Psalm 46-47
Today in 1 Corinthians 10 Paul presents the charge that we are to do all to the glory of God, whether we eat or drink or whatever we do. His is speaking in context to things that would be questioned by some as to the appropriateness. Food sacrificed to idols has been a hot topic and Paul has made it clear previously that there is only one God and food offered to a piece of metal is not somehow dangerous to me or offensive to God if I still give thanks to God in the eating. Like we saw in Romans 14 we can glorify God in the ordinary things of life by giving him thanks. We can also withhold glory by failing to recognize him and thank him for being our provider and for upholding us in our faith and for giving us breath.
Paul does abstain from certain foods or “gray area” activities when he knows that it will hurt another’s conscience. He has already stated in Romans 14:14 that if one thinks something is unclean then it is unclean to that person and it would indeed be a sin for him to eat it. Therefore, if my brother in Christ believes it to be wrong for me to have a glass of wine, I should not partake in his presence (Rom 14:20). If I have the conviction that it is wrong to have a glass of wine, then I would be sinning to disregard that conviction and partake (Rom 14:23).
The broad lesson remains that I can glorify my God in all I do, in good conscience, by giving thanks and by acknowledging him as my provider and as the one true living God whom I serve with my life and with my death.
Soli Deo Gloria!