Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.” (Prov. 23:2).
READ: Proverbs 23:1-3
Storing excessive fat in the body leads to being overweight or obese, which in turn leads to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, sleep apnea, heart attack, heart failure, arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. One major cause of obesity is over-eating or gluttony. Food is good but excessive food is injurious to a good healthy life. Some people cannot stop their mouths whenever they see food. Even when their stomach is full, they still continue to eat especially when ‘free food’ is on offer. They are simply endangering their health! The bottom line is moderation. Proverbs 25:16 says, “Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it”. We really need restraint when it comes to the quality and quantity of food we consume. Proverbs 24:13 confirms that honey is good for the body. It is a lot better than refined sugar if you are advanced in years. It is easier for your digestive system to break down the sugar in honey than that in refined sugar. Replace your intake of sugar with honey.
However, as good as honey is, it should be taken in moderation. If you take it in excess at a particular time, it could lead to vomiting. This simply means that even when you are eating the right king of healthy foods, it should be done in moderation. Gluttons are their own worst enemies. What they love the most ends up writing their obituaries! Is your excessive eating habit gradually sending you to an early grave? Stop it today! You have to be strict with yourself. According to today’s passage, if you love food too much, you must put a knife to your throat. In other words, exercise great restraint when you see food. Learn to say ‘No’ to offers of food. Learn to eat right. It is not only the quantity of food that matters but the quality also. Learn to fast. Sometimes, you can do a food fast that is not necessarily for spiritual blessings. Fasting is also good for the body’s cleansing and metabolism. Remember that many are in the grave today, not because of any witch or wizard, but because of their appetite for food. Do not eat what will kill you, but what would sustain your life.
Consult nutritionists on the benefits of honey. Maximize these benefits for your good.
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