We are in the process of seeking God’s will on a new initiative at our church. He has been guiding us into health and wellness. Guiding us to examine more closely how we live. Taking an honest look at our physical, daily choices. Connecting mind, body, spirit and soul for God’s glory. God is creator of all that is physical so why would we believe that He isn’t concerned about our stewardship of it?
Scripture talks of our lives as just a breath. Like the flowers and grasses, we bloom and then fade away. We know that these bodies are just temporary (praise God!), but we also know that we are called to be good stewards of them. It is God’s holy temple. As believers in Jesus Christ, He dwells within us. Our bodies are to be a living sacrifice. Holy unto the Lord.
Reading through Hebrews this morning I saw the following:
Warning Against Apostasy
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. (Hebrews 5:11-13 ESV)
So honesty time – I didn’t know what Apostasy meant so I looked it up: renunciation of a religious faith, abandonment of a previous loyalty, from the root revolt. Ok, so they are warning us against revolting against/turning away from the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But they are finding it difficult because those to whom they are writing seem to be living on milk, not having the depth of knowledge or experience in God’s word of righteousness to fully understand.
He finishes this passage and this chapter with the following verse:
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14 ESV)
The powers of discernment trained by constant practice….. Learning to distinguish between good and evil. Life isn’t always so black and white that it is easy to discern. Life is filled with shades of grey where the waters are muddied and the skill of discernment is necessary. We must practice continually to hone this skill. We must know God’s word and seek His wisdom so that we can grow in our faith so we can walk in righteousness and holiness.
He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. (Isaiah 7:15 ESV)
This passage was cross referenced to “their powers of discernment”. It is speaking of Jesus. I find it intriguing that it references food choices regarding choosing the good and refusing evil. Oh there is so much I don’t know. Food referenced in Hebrews and in Isaiah both in line with discerning good and evil. Is the solid food the curds and honey verses the milk? Lord, help us to understand.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to grow deeper in my faith and understanding of God’s word and who God is. I want to walk in righteousness and holiness and to train my body to run this race to win the prize. I don’t want to live on milk any longer. Lord Jesus please help me to understand that the physical stewardship of this body is important to you and to fulfilling my purposes for Your kingdom. Help me to discern what is good and to choose it. Thank You God that even the smallest of details isn’t left out of Your Holy Word. Amen.
As you read God’s word, seek to understand all that you are reading. Dig deeply to know what God is telling you. Ask God for wisdom and understanding and He will show you great and mighty things that you did not know.
Be encouraged. Seek righteousness. Walk humbly with God. Press on.