"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."1
"The Bible has changed the lives of more persons than any other book," said W. Clement Stone. "It has helped countless thousands to develop physical, mental and moral health."
In his book, None of These Diseases, Dr. S.I. McMillen said, "When God led the Israelites out of afflicted Egypt, He promised them that if they would obey His statutes [laws], He would put 'none of these diseases' upon them [diseases that afflicted the Egyptians]. God guaranteed a freedom from disease that modern medicine cannot duplicate."2
Every rule, every law, and every principle in the Bible is there, not because God is a killjoy, but for our total physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
God's Word gives us many instructions that are for our mental and physical health, as well as our spiritual health. We are instructed not to be jealous, bitter, hateful, resentful, unforgiving, and so on. Jesus Christ, the greatest Physician who ever lived, taught us the importance of forgiveness. He told us to forgive "Seventy times seven". Dr. McMillen also pointed out that a forgiving spirit could save us from "ulcerative colitis, toxic goiters, high blood pressure, and scores of other diseases"—all possible effects of resentment.
We disregard Gods laws to our detriment. Our actions will bring consequences. Our disobedience to God's instructions can bring unnecessary suffering in our lives. Obedience will bring blessings, but the choice to obey or disobey is ours.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your laws which You have given in Your Word for my protection and well being. Give me the wisdom to understand them, the faith to believe them, and the strength to obey them. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).
2. Dr. S.I. McMillen, None of These Diseases, p. 7.
Today's Encounter was written by: Crystal B.
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