It is easy to replace those things that are given up for Lent. I gave up chips and popcorn, but have quickly realized that many other things can fill the hole I feel. For example, crackers with melted cheese on them, blizzards, cheetos and chex mix all taste almost as good. Eating these things is not in the spirit of Lent, in fact, it is the exact opposite.
In Exodus 20:23 we are told “Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.” Gods of silver OR gold. When God commands us to not make gold gods, we try them in silver. By eating too much when I feel bad, no matter what it is, I am replacing God with an idol. I am telling him, “thanks anyways for sitting right beside me and holding my hand, but this snack will make me feel better than you ever can.” How can I continually say that to my God? Because I am human. Full of sin and selfishness.
While today I ate too much, tomorrow I get another chance. I have still kept my promise to God about not eating certain foods, but I have not kept that promise as well as I should have. I will go to bed tonight praising Him for the fact that I have the option to eat too much and asking His forgiveness for letting Him down.
Tomorrow I will wake up, praise Him, and fulfill my promise better than I did today. And as that sinful, frail, disobedient human, I will let Him walk along beside me while I do.