Before you read the following devotional, know that for the last year and a half, Shannon and I have eaten a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Diet. One of the best decisions we have ever made.
Rerun of Daily Devotional January 23, 2017
Tom is my five year old nephew. He is also my namesake which is one of the greatest honors of my life.
Tom is brilliant and handsome. In fact, Tom reminds me a lot of me.
Recently, my sister-in-law sent me a message that said, “Listen to what your namesake says green beans do to him.” Then I played the video. Christie said, “Tom, what do green beans do to you?” He said, “Destroys my blood cells and takes pieces of my heart and destroy it.”
I was a proud uncle because my wonderful nephew had discovered what vegetables really do. But then I started thinking.
The problem is that while I consider having to eat vegetables a communist plot, I really do want Tom to eat his green beans. I want him to be as healthy as possible so that he can live a long productive life and follow the path that God has planned for him.
Then I remembered that Daniel and his three friends chose to eat vegetables and drink water rather than eat the rich food of Babylon and, “that they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” (Daniel 1:15)
This means that scripture is making me rethink my, “Vegetables are evil” stance.
Have you ever noticed that the Bible has a way of pointing you in the right direction? This is what Timothy means when he says, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
So if you are struggling to find answers, start with the Bible. It may tell you something you don’t want to hear but God will use it to bring you answers, give you peace, hope, and a purpose.
Become a person of the Book. You will be glad you did.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me to draw closer to you through the words of scripture. Give me the desire and discipline to spend time in your Word. Guide my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
As hard as it is to accept, the Bible has helped me see that I need to be open to eating vegetables and that I need to make sure my nephew does the same.
But then I remembered that when Jesus was resurrected and asked for food, they didn’t give him a cucumber or a head of lettuce. The Bible says, “They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.” (Luke 24:42)
See, the Bible just gave me hope.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.