“If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” James 2:15–16 NKJV

Scripture tells us of a time to come when there is no more pain and sickness, and as believers, we hope and rejoice in this. However, in the time between now and the hope to come, we live in a fallen world where sickness is a reality.

While we know that the will of God for us is sound health, this doesn’t mean that it would happen automatically. There are natural things we can do to help us sustain a healthy life.

Therefore, the question of “God vs Medicine” is not one a believer should have. Our belief in the healing power of God necessitates that we take proper care of our bodies to sustain healthy lives.

Our anchor text tells us that there are things that are needed for the body. In today’s devotion, we would look at some of the things our body needs to keep good health.

For example, 1 Timothy 4:3-5 tells us that God created food to be received with thanksgiving. This means that although we often give ourselves to fasting as a means of consecration, God created our bodies to enjoy food.

We see Jesus exemplify the importance of food to the body in Mark 5:42-43. After healing a little girl, Jesus instructed her parents to give her food. The power of God had touched her yet she still needed food. Food was created for our bodies and it would be wrong of us to deprive our bodies of nourishment.

Similarly, despite popular misconceptions, 1 Timothy 4:8 is not a warning to steer off exercise, neither is it meant to belittle the importance of exercise. In fact, in the epistles, we see analogies of physical activities being used to explain the Christian mindset (Hebrews 12:1, 1 Corinthians 9: 24- 27).

Physical activity helps prevent excess weight. It improves your mood, boosts energy and prevents health conditions. It is also a great way to build discipline.

Thirdly, posture is not only important in prayer, but it is crucial in everyday life. Bad posture is a major contributor to body aches, headaches and muscle fatigue.

An easy way to ensure your posture is correct is to listen to your body. Wherever you notice aches and pain are places to pay attention to.

In a fallen world like ours, you can choose to live above sicknesses and diseases by the power and wisdom of God. His power to heal and His wisdom that works in you to take accurate precautions.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 6:16-24, I Peter 3:1-7, Songs of Songs 4:1-7, Jeremiah 50