Daniel Fast Day 3: What Our Bodies Need

Woman drinking coffee directly from a dispenserIsn’t the body amazing?! It’s easy to take it for granted–even abuse it.

Through our eating habits, we persuade ourselves that our body “needs” certain things. Caffeine in the morning is a favorite. An sugary afternoon snack is a great pick-me-up, too. And then those late-night “comfort” foods–chips, cookies, ice cream (even in winter). Yeah, we “need” those, too.

By now, many of us on the Daniel Fast are hearing from our bodies. It’s telling us that it doesn’t really “need” those things at all. And it’s doing so in no uncertain terms: headaches, nausea, dizziness and just general irritability.

Well, I say, Hallelujah!

God is using those feelings and cravings to remind us that He has created all that our bodies need to not only endure, but thrive!

As we eat as Daniel did over the next few days–ingesting foods of the Earth only, and water–it’ll become clearer that those things we so “needed” were really preventing us from further understanding that He is truly all we need.

Now don’t get it twisted, I’m all about enjoying God’s other creations–like chicken, fish and even a well-cooked piece of meat every once in awhile. And when I’m done with Daniel they’ll be right back on the menu!

But maybe some of those other things we’ve craved–particularly caffeine and sugar–will stay where they belong: on the shelf!

Our bodies don’t need them, and are better off without them.

If you read Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest,” today’s message is extremely on point. It reads, in part: “God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having–life with Himself.”

Amen.

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