We may fail to remember this mighty truth, but the Lord never will: Our bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit. Because God designed the human body to be a finely tuned instrument —the most resilient on earth, in fact — bodies are geared to endure the likes of fractures, adhesions, sprains, strains, and pain.
That said, however, our human bodies are fragile instruments not geared to handle excess, whether in the form of nourishment, fuel or additives. Unlike machines, our bodies are devoid of thinking parts and are ripe for mistakes.
Thankfully, the Bible offers instructions for caring for our bodies. Passages in the Bible reveal many basic principles for good physical, mental, and spiritual health.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity . . . This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:1-2, 8).
Clearly, our health concerns the Lord. We’re here on Earth for a purpose, after all, and we cannot be productive if we’re unhealthy mind, body and spirit. So seriously, does the Lord regard the principles of healing that He provided Moses with ample instructions.
According to the His Word, those who follow God generally will be healthy. That is not to say that God’s people will be completely free of disease, but God’s Word indicates that we may enjoy good health and that all may go well with us, even as our soul is getting along well (3 John 1:2). God is, of course, more interested in our spiritual health than our physical well-being. Disease resulted from Adam’s sin, so even the most righteous may suffer – the prime example, of course, being Job.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
The Lord knows everything about us, and He’s provided everything we need in order to maintain good health. The choice is ours to make: run the race ahead with gusto and success, or miss out on the adventure that God’s laid before us.
As for me and my house, we will follow the Lord!
WENDIE PETT is a nationally renowned fitness expert and coach, mother, speaker, author, Nationally syndicated TV show host and creator of the Visibly Fit™ exercise program. Wendie’s Visibly Fit™ instructional DVDs teach wellness maximization through the balance of mind, body, and spirit while using one’s body as a gym (and saving hundreds in membership fees). To learn more, visit www.wendiepett.com