Topic: God Cares About Your Health [DCLM Daily Manna 22 July 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Leviticus 11:1-12 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
Key Verse: “They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcasses in abomination” (Leviticus 11:11).
“You are what you eat” is a popular saying in modern times. But long before our age, the Lord knew the value of food in health; hence, His instructions to Israel on the type of food they should consume.
One noticeable feature in creatures is the differences and varieties that mark them out. Although they all have the features of living beings, their peculiar feature distinguishes one from the other. In the passage, the Lord specifically commanded Israel on the kind of animals and sea foods they could eat and those they must avoid because they were unclean animals. They were not expected to be like the idolatrous nations around them that did not discriminate between clean and unclean animals.
Without good health, there is no happiness, peace and no success. Health is more valuable than money. No wonder the saying: “Health is wealth”. A person who must be wealthy and successful must first be sound in health. Money cannot buy health and happiness. So, we must be mindful of what we eat which could be harmful to our health.
God is very concerned about your overall health: physical, emotional and spiritual. The human mind and body are all interrelated and interdependent. What affects one affects the other. If the body is sick because of unhealthy eating, our minds cannot function the way God intended. You cannot enjoy fellowship with God and man – serve in the church and be a blessing to others. You can be considered healthy only when you are in a good spiritual, emotional, mental and physical condition. God’s desire is that you prosper and be in health.
Thought For The Day: God is as interested in our physical welfare as He is in our spiritual wellness.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.