December 23, 2023 Daily Devotion

Food is Medicine

Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Daniel 1:12

A plant-based diet is mentioned throughout the Bible. “Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing” (Ezekiel 47:12). The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2). Daniel’s courage to drink water and not wine and eat vegetables over the king’s diet supports the Creator model of healthcare first two pillars of wellness: Pillar one: Water is life. Pillar two: Food is medicine. 

Daniel and his three friends were hand selected to enter three years of training to become servants for King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table. Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king’s food or wine; so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement. Daniel had found favor with from the chief chamberlain and said, “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink” (1:12). 

After ten days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table. To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams. At the end of their training, they entered the king’ service and in any question of wisdom or prudence, the king found them all to be ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in the kingdom (VV: 15-20). 

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit!

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