November 22, 2020

Preemptive Physical Care

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 22, 2020

Daniel then said to the guard… “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink”… At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. Daniel 1:11-12, 15

There is a physical stewardship for every soul saved by Jesus Christ. In the same sensitive way the spirit of a person is cared for, so their body needs proper attention. As age increases with time, it is from a platform of physical care that spiritual opportunities continue. Yes, some are called to physically suffer for Christ’s sake, but the Lord does not want His children to ignorantly neglect their health. Bodies need intentional care. 

Our body is a finely tuned complexity of cells, tissue and organs with Almighty God as the architect. Divine DNA determines the genes, but individuals write their medical history. This is why prayer and modern medicine are a responsible combination. We educate ourselves in what our bodies need to function best in a fallen world. We look to medical experts—learn from them—and ask the Lord for the wisest treatment for us.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

Prayerfully find a doctor you can trust and confide your fears in. See an internist as your friend and partner in healthy living. Do not be afraid of physical facts that require you to begin healthy habits. It’s better to accept the truth of current health issues than to later discover an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

Like Daniel, be different from the crowd and surround yourself with friends who have the conviction to eat right and exercise. Food and drink in the extreme limit your influence for the Lord. But a disciplined lifestyle means only allowing groceries untainted from man’s toxic preservatives to pass your lips. Your body stays fresh when it is nourished by fresh foods. Slow down, plan healthy meals and see how much better you feel. 

You are wise not to wait for disease to attack before you change. It is easier to take wise measures now, before it’s much too late later. So, schedule your annual physical, write out your menu for the week, increase your grocery budget, eat out less and learn to see your health as a stewardship. Jesus expects you to love Him with your body and soul!

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30, KJV).

Prayer

Lord, how would you have me take care of the body you have given me for Your glory?


Application

How can I channel my suffering from sickness in a way that draws me deeper in my love for Jesus and others?


Related Reading

Deuteronomy 8:16; Leviticus 25:7; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:29

Taken from Boyd’s newest 40 day devotional book: Wisdom For Living


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