It’s tempting to think that we can break natural laws yet get away with it . . . sleep little, but still test well. Eat whatever, but still look good. We think we can mistreat our bodies and still be able to have healthy minds, hearts, and relationships.
But matter matters – having tired bodies means tired minds, unable to clearly discern between right and wrong. Sleep deprivation can have the same hazardous effects as being drunk. Being sick can make you irritable, hurting others. Food coma is real.
Hence God advocates wholistic health – He asks us to follow health principles as well as the Ten Commandments. It’s good to give Bible studies, but don’t forget to exercise. Do your devotions, but don’t forget to eat well.
These we ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).
“Those who would preserve their powers unimpaired for the service of God must observe strict temperance in the use of all His bounties, as well as total abstinence from every injurious or debasing indulgence . . . Right physical habits promote mental superiority. Intellectual power, physical strength, and longevity, depend upon immutable laws. There is no happen-so, no chance, about this matter. The higher powers will not interfere to preserve men from the consequences of the violation of nature’s laws. The question with every youth … should be, Shall I consult my inclination, and indulge my appetite, or shall I follow the dictates of conscience, and keep my head clear and preserve my physical powers by abstaining from every practice that would bring weakness upon them? Shall I fall a prey to the customs of the world, … or shall I separate myself from every custom that is debasing in its results? Shall I not honor God, rather than please the world?” (Our High Calling p 269)
We live in a fallen world, and we have broken bodies – but let us do our best to honor God with what we have. “Therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Father God, forgive me for violating health principles and thus weakening my body and mind. I want to be fully equipped to do Your work, so please help me to purpose in my heart today, like Daniel, to be faithful to You in the little things as well as the great – to honor You with my body as well as with my service. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.