Sometime ago, I was feeling out of sorts and generally fatigued, (driving in Lagos, Nigeria will definitely make you that way) when suddenly a passage of scripture kept coming to my mind. It was something about “natural strength not abated.” “Exactly what I need right now; to remain strong”, I thought to myself. So I decided to check it out and found it in Deuteronomy 34:7. Here it is. “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” KJV. I was fascinated. I knew that people lived long in the Old Testament days but I naturally assumed that in old age they became weak and tired before they would eventually pass away. So reading this about Moses got me curious. I began to think that there might be a hint as to the reason why Moses remained as strong as ever unto the end of his life. And then I found it! “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,” Deuteronomy 34:10 NIV

By reason of Moses’s intimate relationship with the LORD, not only was his prophetic ministry outstanding and second to none, he enjoyed the benefits of 20/20 vision and great physical and mental abilities up until the end of his life at a hundred and twenty years. This is awesome. I sensed that this was something that could be achieved today and that was the reason why the LORD showed it to me in the first instance. If you want to know how this is possible, please stay with me here.

Today all around the world, stress is at an all time high and the truth is that medical science does not have all the answers. I say this because there is hardly any medication that does not have side effects. Therefore it would be the most ideal situation if there were no physical conditions to manage with medications. Sadly that is not the case. Let us take for instance an individual who has high blood pressure and is slightly overweight; the first recommendations from the physician before any prescription of medicines would be for them to make lifestyle changes; like reduce food portions, eat more of fruits and vegetables and less of processed foods, avoid a sedentary lifestyle and get some daily exercise like walking, quit smoking and cut down on alcohol. And this is all excellent advice but I wish to add one more item to that list of recommendations. To develop or pursue a more intimate relationship with the LORD especially by spending time in the Word of God. It is written in the scriptures thus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1: 1 NIV The above scripture is self explanatory. The Word of God is God Himself therefore whenever we spend time in the Word we are spending time with God. The more we spend time in the Word of God and the more we come face to face with Him in the Word, just like Moses, we will also be beneficiaries of good eyesight, mental and physical prowess and longevity. The benefits of spending time in the Word are more than spiritual from what we see above. See what we are told in the book of proverbs: “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Proverbs 4: 20 – 22 NIV

See also what Jesus said to the Jews who did not believe that He was the Messiah. “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.” John 5:45-46 KJV Jesus said clearly that Moses wrote about Him. This tells us that the whole bible is about Jesus. We just have to look and see Him everywhere in the Old Testament in types and shadows. And the more we see Him, the more health it is to all our body and the more life it gives to our years.

Therefore my dear friends, now more than ever before let us stay in the Word of God and look for Jesus therein and while we continue in the relationship with Him we can be assured that as we see Him, wonderful benefits will accrue to us.