“A thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me” (2 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV). We are always looking at scripture to give us insight into our weight loss journey. The word “buffet” as a verb means “(of misfortunes or difficulties) afflict or harm (someone) repeatedly or over a long period.” That was Paul’s intended meaning. However, look at it as a noun, “a meal consisting of several dishes from which guests serve themselves.”
If you have been to Golden Corral, a Chinese restaurant, or Ryan’s, maybe even to KFC when they have a buffet, then you know the meaning of a messenger of Satan. These places are anathema to the weight loss dieter. They are indeed a thorn in the flesh. The sights and smells pummel you soundly from the moment you step in the door. Stacks of food everywhere. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Why not take some of everything. In addition, there is a huge dessert bar to finish off the gorging. You are putting yourself at great risk of diet harm if you enter one of these places. I know, the devil made you do it. Yes, it’s a messenger of Satan to “bəˈfā/” you.