From Widespread Sickness to Robust Health on Earth
In our last article we saw that one of the curses placed on Adam and Eve and their progeny was that God would curse the ground and that life would be a struggle because of the hardships that come from not being able to abundantly produce from the soil.
Genesis 3:17….cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, and till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
The ground was cursed after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, meaning that for most of humanity the growing of food would have many obstacles. And because of lack of food or because of the poor quality of the food that did come forth, many throughout the ages have suffered malnutrition, starvation, and a whole myriad of diseases that come from not having adequate nutrient-rich food and clean water.
The Bubonic Plague spread through whole countries and took the lives of millions in Europe during the middle ages, and there have been many other disease epidemics that have ravaged many nations and have killed billions of people throughout history.
In most of the world the lands are cursed; cursed with uncooperative weather, severe drought, flooding, insects, rodents, and various crop diseases.
In our modern day we are also cursed with harmful chemicals and pesticides plus the insidious tampering of the genetic makeup of the food we eat. In the last one hundred years or so mankind (even in the richer western nations) has been cursed with genetically modified/hybridized crops that have been proven to be detrimental to the health of those who consume them. The GMO’s have taken over the agricultural industries, and in most areas of the western nations, they are the only choice the people have when they go shopping for food.
Even in our modern times, in spite of the fact that there have been vast medical advancements and an increase of knowledge of what causes illnesses, the medical doctors still cannot cure disease; in many cases they are unable to even correctly diagnose what is wrong with a patient.
Many of our treatments are meant to eliminate the symptoms of diseases without even attempting to address the underlying root cause of the disease; and without ever correcting the root cause, the medical procedures and pharmaceuticals that they prescribe very often only add more damage to the patient’s already weakened immune system, not to mention the side effects these treatments cause.
Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from medical mistakes and drug overdoses or drug interactions. And new diseases keep coming along that the experts do not even know what started them or where they came from. All we have to do is look around to see that most people are sick and in poor health. Sickness and disease is everywhere; it is one of the main concerns in every sector (rich and poor) of the population including in the most prosperous and “advanced” nations on earth.
In addition to all these things, the vast majority of people on earth are not motivated enough to take proper care of their bodies even though we have the latest science technologies and have increased our knowledge of how to have good health more than any other time in history.
But in the Millennium there will be no more sparsity of food and water and mankind will no longer be subjected to tainted food and water supplies; the people will be taught the proper way to grow clean, nutrient rich foods that nourish and enhance the human body rather than pollute it and decimate its health.
Under the reign of Christ there is going to be an abundance of food and clean water for all peoples; disease and sickness will finally be conquered. God is going to reverse the curses on the earth and cause the dry places and wildernesses to blossom like a rose.
Isaiah 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 41:16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. 41:17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
41:18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: 41:20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
The curse placed upon the ground will be taken away and it will produce rich, lush vegetation; there will be rain in due season and in the right amounts along with the ports to clean fresh water opening up and abundant water will be available in every nation. The health of the people living in the Millennium will flourish; they will live in radiate health and fitness the way human health was meant to be before Adam and Eve chose to follow the ways of Satan rather than the ways of their Maker.
The people will be taught how to take care of their bodies and apply God’s principles for good health. When God’s kingdom is established on earth, young and old will live vigorous lives without debilitating diseases; mankind will be blessed with good health, and disease and sickness will become a thing of the past.
Isaiah prophesied of a future time when people will be filled with joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing will be gone because of the healing that is going to take place. Isaiah gives examples of various health conditions that will be turned back indicating that God is going to heal the people of all physical miladies; the blind will see, the lame will walk again and the mute will be able to speak again. Then he goes into rich detail of what the earth will be like when the curse is removed.
Health and physical well-being will be the results of what God is going to do, first by freeing the remnant of Israel from captivity from the pharaoh-god of this world; second God is going to heal the earth and it will become like the Garden of Eden. Third, miraculous healings of all the diseases and afflictions, that have plagued mankind for the past six thousands years, will take place just like the kind of healings that took place in the time of Jesus when He was here on earth as a man in the flesh.
Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 35:10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Created in the Likeness of God to Be Good Stewards
In Genesis 1:28 God said that He created mankind after His own image and immediately after stating that fact, He added that they were to have dominion over the rest of the living beings that He had created.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
From the beginning God commissioned the man and the woman with the responsibility of caring for the earth and the other living creatures. To have dominion is to rule, and from the context here in these verses, it indicates that God commanded Adam and Eve to be wise and resourceful co-managers with Him in managing the earth and the animals.
God is a God of order, beauty, holiness; He is also a God of stewardship which means: He creates and He rules what He creates; He is a master builder and He maintains what He has built which means He provides for and supplies for the needs of His creation.
If we are made in God’s image, then we were made to have this same kind of care and concern for His Creation that God has and the same kind of desire to take care of all that we have been given to the best of our ability as well. God is a worker, a sustainer and a manager, and He wants His children to become like Him in this regard as well.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Psalm 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
God created Adam and Eve to rule the earth as His stewards of His creation. It was an opportunity for them to learn and to grow to be more like Him; to become responsible for, and to even enhance, decorate, and build upon what God had created. To learn how to exercise good stewardship is a part of what this physical life is about, for in doing so we are taking on the mind and character of God for He is the epitome of excellence and of wise management of all things; physical and spiritual.
Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 8:7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8:8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
What is the definition of stewardship? Stewardship is to carefully and responsibly manage something entrusted to one’s care.: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something.
Stewardship: 1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward 2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. (Merriam-Webster.com)
Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to God and whatever is given to man is only on loan for him to use while living in this present world. God meant for man to take excellent care of the things, that in reality, belong only to Him.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Even, we ourselves, belong to God, for it was He who made us and we were made to be His people and to serve Him in righteousness.
Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
In considering stewardship, which is the faithful management of ALL God has entrusted to us, we need to start with the wise stewardship of our health and bodies, for if we do not have our health it is hard (and sometimes impossible) to do much else.
Sadly, since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, mankind has taken for himself the determination of what constitutes wise stewardship of the earth and of his body. The last six thousand years have shown that mankind is not capable of exercising wise stewardship of the earth and of the health of the body at all. For the most part, man just wants to exploit the things that God created for him, to use them for his own selfish pleasure and enrichment not caring of the after-effects of his mismanagement for the future generations.
In many corporate companies profits take precedence over the health of a nation, therefore we have the huge agriculture industry that is very industrious to increase their bottom line instead of sustaining the wholesomeness of the crops that they produce for human and animal consumption.
We strip the planet of its resources and we ruin rain forests and wet lands; we grow animals in horrible conditions in food factories and we have corrupt conservation policies, and with each passing year the earth is becoming more and more polluted. Fukashima radiation, GMO’s, pharmaceutical’s, geo-engineering, mindless polluting of our planet is causing all kinds of added health problems, with companies that are responsible for the damage they cause refusing to be held accountable.
The AIDS virus, cancers of every conceivable kind, autism, diabetes, heart and lung disease, birth defects, deafness, blindness, palsy, brain tumors, and not to mention disabilities caused by accidents, criminal assaults; and then we have maimed bodies as a result of warfare and terrorism, all are a part of the curse that has been put on us because of the introduction of sin.
For the last six thousand years mankind has been plagued with various sicknesses. The modern day increase of knowledge and technological advancement have not been able to eliminate these illnesses; we still do not have a cure for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, the three major killers in our modern day.
As far as worldwide health concerns, there are deadly viruses that seem to be continually introduced into the world that can threaten to take out huge segments of the population.
The medical profession takes great pride in their knowledge and expertise in these more “enlightened” times and yet even they have to admit that with all their knowledge and expertise they cannot come up with cures for deadly diseases; the deadliest of them, such as cancer and heart disease, are in no way being eradicated, but in fact they are getting worse.
We have been relatively powerless against stopping and curing the devastation of AIDS across the world, and there are many other deadly viruses that have recently come upon the scene, such as the MERS, SARS, HIV, Ebola viruses, and more recently, a new kind of virus that is causing horrible birth defects in South America.
The bottom line is that despite all our technical, diagnostic, and scientific headway, we are still perpetually held captive in the face of death, disease and decay; but this should not surprise any of those who know their Bibles.
Biblical revelation makes it abundantly clear that all humanity has been affected by sin, both in our bodies and in our spirit in some way or another. Even those who are fortunate to have good health will eventually grow old because the outward man fades and deteriorates. We have all experienced seeing our loved ones and others suffering from debilitating diseases and even within ourselves as we try to live in this present evil age.
After Adam and Eve rebelled, the whole of creation itself was cursed, and subjected to futility and corruption. The placing of the curse on mankind because of their sin means that as a consequence of sin: death, disease and suffering entered into God’s beautiful creation and all humans succumb to them sooner or later.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, [futility, emptiness, transientness; morally, depravity ] not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 28:3 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Health of Body and Spirit
Jeremiah saw the condition in Israel in his day and asked? “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22)
This question that Jeremiah had was a result of seeing and experiencing the corruption was going on in the nation of Israel and its aftermath. The health of the people he referred to can pertain to physical or spiritual health for the two are intricately tied.
And we, too, sometimes ask this question when we witness the hopelessness of the sad state of affairs in the world that have no apparent chance of getting any better in spite of all the activism and all the efforts to change the laws of the land to bring about reform in the world.
But Christ will bring both physical and spiritual health when He establishes His Kingdom on earth. The many miracles of Christ attest to the fact that He is a God of health and healing, and His miracles reflected the future realty that will be the norm when He brings about a restoration of all things in the Millennium.
In the biblical perspective, the diseased and decaying condition of the world is critical for us to understand because it speaks directly to the plan of salvation, redemption and restoration in God’s great plan and purpose for His creation.
Because of the work of Christ and His atoning death on the cross for the sins of mankind, the Scriptures speak not only of the salvation of the spirit, but of the whole person, and of the eventual redemption of the entire creation.
We have been given many Scriptures that attest to this, for instance Romans 8 continues on to say:
Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
It is only through Christ, and Christ alone (not our own selves), that will deliver us from such hopelessness, as we witness all the suffering in the world in our present world and down through the ages. Only God can save us from the curses we have caused ourselves; and not anything that man can do in trying to fix this sick world.
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
It is through the work of Christ’s dying as our Savior on the cross that forgives the sin that causes the curses. Those who go to God and seek Christ’s atoning sacrifice for their past sins, are then reconciled with God the Father. This reconciliation and the Holy Spirit that is given to them makes it possible to bring healing and regeneration to the mind, body, and spirit.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
As Jesus went through the villages preaching the Gospel, He also healed the sick and cast out demons as a visible manifestation of the Kingdom of God, indicating by doing so the future time that He and the Father have planned for those who are His.
As He preached, He also taught and showed that forgiveness of sin and healing of the body are very closely associated. This is taught throughout Scripture. God forgives all who come to Him in repentance and He also heals.
Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 9:8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
The outworking of the Gospel message to mankind is to teach of forgiveness of sin, Christ’s atoning sacrifice that is to be applied to the sinner, and then living a life that pleases God for the rest of one’s life with the goal of total healing or wholeness for the whole man at some time in the future if that one is faithful until the end.
Peter also addressed this concept of Christ’s healing of us when he quoted from Isaiah 53 in his Epistle.
1st Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
In the English language, the word “health” comes from the old English root “hal” which means “whole.” The words holiness, wholeness, health, and healing all have a common root.
The Greek word for health is hugiainó (Strong’s #5198) and means: “From hugies; to have sound health, i.e. Be well (in body); figuratively, to be uncorrupt (true in doctrine) — be in health, (be safe and) sound, (be) whole(-some). (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
HELPS Word-studies: 5198 hygiaínō (the root of the English term, “hygiene”) – properly, in good working order – hence, “healthy,” in sound condition (in-balance).
5198 /hygiaínō (“healthy, working well”) means to be free from debilitation (incapacity, handicap) – hence, functioning holistically with all parts working together (“sound”).
[5198 (hygiaínō) is opposite to having a debilitating sickness. Thus it became the ideal way to open and close personal letters in ancient times – i.e. wishing someone total health (MM).]
Physically, one who is in good health is considered a whole person in whom all parts are in perfect harmony, working together properly. Health, in combination with spiritual wholeness, then is an aspect of salvation. Once we are saved and changed in the resurrection to spirit, we will have perfect spiritual bodies.
The Latin word “salve” from which we derive our English word salvation, likewise has at its root the word “health”; so salvation is total health of body and spirit which will culminate in the resurrection to spirit for those whom God will choose.
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
2nd Corinthians 3:18 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
2nd Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
When we are called by the Father and become followers of Jesus Christ, the spiritual principle of health and life is now at work within us, and we grow in terms of the principle of wholeness, and therefore we should be ideally growing in health, especially spiritual health and holiness in every aspect of our lives.
We are to overcome all sin and strive to bring health and wholeness to every area of our lives to the best that we can by employing godly principles to them and with the help of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
It follows from this concept that proper care for the body is a spiritual concern as well as a physical concern and an important part of our duty as God’s children as co-managers of God’s creation. And not only for ourselves, but for our families and all others as well.
Seeking and providing for the health and physical well-being of others, as we have opportunity, is being a compassionate and caring steward foreshadowing the time when we will work as kings and priests as a kingdom of priests in the Millennium and caring for the health well being of those who are placed in our care (Revelation 5:10).
1st Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
We are in training to be teachers in the Kingdom of God, and as kings and priests we will be teaching the physical people how to live according to every Word of God and how to apply it in all areas of living including how to live healthy and productive lives free of disease and physical impairments.
Living in this world has never been safe and free from the many curses of disease, injury and calamity. For almost six thousand years human beings have been subjected to all kinds of threats to life and limb. Billions of people have died from warfare, famines, pestilences, accidents, and many women die just giving birth.
In recent years we may have “supposedly” conquered many of the challenges and infectious diseases of the past, but we still have to deal with toxins in our environment, chemicals and pesticides in our food and water, and of course we deal the deadly effects of warring with one another which is only going to get worse.
New diseases keep springing up, and even man-made biological pathogens and chemical warfare are able to wipe out whole countries. There simply is no guarantee that we can have perfect health regardless of how well we take care of our bodies.
But does this mean we do nothing to try to help ourselves to live healthy lives and seek to teach others how they can too?
God expects that those who teach the Sabbath, New Moons, the Holy Days, His commandments and ordinances etc., to be living according to them just as we are teaching others to do so. If we will be teaching health and wholeness as priests in the Millennium, it is so very important to be living according to God’s principles of health to the best of our ability while we are in these flesh and blood bodies and while we are in training.
There is much in way we can do to study and learn of how the body functions and what we need to be doing to bring about optimum health. Many things we already know as far as the importance of drinking lots of pure water, staying away from junk food and over-consumption, engaging in regular exercise, getting plenty of rest and adequate sleep; but it is a matter of putting forth the effort to do these things and thus improving our own health, while at the same time being good examples for others.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (See whole chapter of Romans 2.)
Earlier we spoke of being good stewards of all that God has placed in our possession which means our time, our finances, our food growing techniques, our homes, our families, our children, and of course the physical bodies God has given us.
We may be thinking along moral lines such as keeping the body pure from sexual immorality, and that, too, is part of it; but are we being a good steward of our bodies with the kinds of foods we put into it and the amount of food we consume? Are we harming our body by all the toxins from processed food and sugars that ravage our bodies? Are we eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis the way God intended and even commanded? And even our personal care products that go directly into our systems when we apply them need to be free from harmful chemicals. These are all choices that we as individuals can make to help insure that we are taking good care of the bodies God has given to us. Even though we cannot control the state of the world and the toxins we have in it, we can still control a certain level of our health by the choices that we make which can determine to a certain degree how healthy we will be.
1st Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1st Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If we are filling our bodies with junk, not exercising, over-consuming food and alcohol, we are not being good stewards of our bodies. And when we become ill, we do not have the strength and energy to do our work. When we are weak and do not feel well, we cannot work to our full potential as workers for Christ as He has willed for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
When we fail to take good care of our bodies we not only fail ourselves but we fail others that are depending on us to be there for them; but most of all we fail God.
We have no excuse if we have brought some health problem upon ourselves through negligence and/or even abuse of our bodies. Of course, some things are beyond our control, and we are not talking about those instances. (Please see 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10 and read about Paul’s thorn in the flesh).
God designed our bodies beautifully and He wants us to take care of them. He has given us generally the things that we need to be healthy and given to us the intelligence to seek out ways we can be wise stewards of our bodies.
Our Creator has provided a whole array of nutritious vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, nuts, seeds, fish, meat, and poultry, and many other things to keep us healthy.
But man has tried to become wise in His own eyes (Proverbs 26:12) and in his self-delusion he thinks he knows better than God.
Our leaders and governmental officials have allowed the food industry to genetically modify the foods, spray harmful pesticides all over our crops, use antibiotics and growth hormones in the animals, put fluoride in the drinking water, thinking that all these poisons are going to somehow make our food and water better and more healthy. Our world is insane!
But these things harm our bodies and the bodies of growing children rather than keeping us healthier and we are paying dearly for all this “knowledge” and “advancement”. If allowed to go on much longer, there will be no more healthy crops, along with unpolluted soil and clean water resources for anyone.
The toxins in our food supply and in our environment are part of the curse of man determining for himself what is good and what is evil. Man is still partaking of the same old tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The toxins that we ingest deplete our cells of nutrition because our bodies were not designed by God to use chemicals and genetically modified plants. The chemicals cause toxins that become stored up in our bodies and accumulate because our bodies are not equipped to deal with them. We then become weak from these foods and our immune systems go out of whack.
Part of our stewardship is to stay as clear of these man-made toxins as much as we can and if at all possible.
In the Millennium there will be no more toxic chemicals, no more nutrient deficient food-stuffs, no more junk food. The people will finally come to see the importance of growing food God’s way and living in a way that keeps us free from pollution, both physical and spiritual.
When the people of the world begin to seek God and His ways, then God promises that He will heal the land, meaning healing in all areas of their lives to bring about a healthy and wholesome society. This is exactly what will happen in the Millennium when all peoples sincerely repent and genuinely turn to their Maker.
2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Instead of seeking God and repenting of our transgressions against Him, humanity seeks to treat sickness with their own concocted solutions, with vaccines, harmful drugs, chemo therapy, etc.
But in the world that is coming, the people who survive the tribulation will seek God’s forgiveness and then Christ promises that He will send His healing, whether it is a natural healing by living according to the laws He has established, or by divine healing.
The medical profession of that day will only do what brings about health and wholeness with cures that last; and it will no longer be allowed to poison with dangerous drugs or medical procedures in God’s Kingdom.There will be no more harmful lead or fluoride in the drinking water and the food industry will not be allowed to do anything to enhance their bottom line with poisonous pesticides and GMO’s ever again. Men calling themselves scientists will not be allowed to tamper with God’s creation ever again by changing the design of plants and animals.
Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Not All Sickness is the Result of What We Ourselves Have Brought On
We need to keep in mind that not all sickness is the result of our own personal sin but God may be allowing it to fulfill His own purposes in our lives that will in the long run work for our good. Jesus explained that the man who was born blind whom the disciples pointed out as an example was meant to show the works of God through God’s healing of him, .
John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
This makes us think of Job who was perfect [blameless] and upright and who eschewed evil [abstained from evil]; God said so in the very first verse of the book of Job. Yet Job suffered horribly at the hands of Satan whom God permitted to afflict him for a season (and for a reason).
Then there is Paul who was a very converted and dedicated man who was devoted to doing God’s work, even to the point of enduring severe persecution, beatings and stoning almost to death; yet he too had to endure an affliction that he had sought three times for God to take from him; and yet God responded by saying “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Paul had the insight to know that his affliction was actually being used to keep him from sinning, to keep him from becoming conceited [proud] because of the visions that had been given to him.
With Job, (even though he was an upright man) the trials, including the physical ailments, were allowed to bring him even closer to God and to show him the greatness and wonder of His Creator compared to puny man and man’s efforts.
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 42:1 Then Job answered the Lord, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
2nd Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
In the book of James, we are told to ask for anointing and prayer when we get sick and then told to confess our sins and to seek forgiveness in conjunction with being healed. James admonishes us to pray fervently for ourselves and for one another for healing.
But we are not to judge someone when we see that they are sick, for we all suffer sickness from time to time and at varying degrees. Only God really knows what caused the affliction, either the one who is sick or if it is because of others’ sin; or perhaps it is being allowed by God to bring about a deeper purpose in that person’s life that is unknown to others.
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
The subject of health and healing can be sometimes confusing for there are things we are to do as good stewards of God’s gifts; and then there are things that happen that are outside of our control.
God does indeed heal and can heal any kind of disease no matter how severe it is; its just that He also wants us to walk in faith and trust Him as to the way we are healed and the timing of our healing, and in the meantime to stay close to Him and do all in our power to remain faithful while we wait for Him.
As God’s called-out, we can have faith knowing that our ultimate healing will be at the resurrection to spirit when these physical weak and aged bodies will be changed to bodies that will never experience sickness and that will never again experience death, but will be capable of living for all eternity!
This is what we look forward to and that is what God’s Festivals look forward to, among many other wonderful things. We know that God’s promises are sure, and in the Millennium God is going to heal all who repent and who desire to embrace Him and all His ways.
Our mandate for now is to seek to be faithful always, and to walk in faith, and to keep growing and learning as much as we can. We can have faith that we will become whole again, either in this life, or we may have to wait, but it will be in God’s good timing. If we are faithfully walking with God in all that we do, we will be completely healed of all our diseases at some point in time determined by God. This fills us with much hope even as some of us are suffering from afflictions while we wait for our change.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. ( Also: Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)
Should Believers Take the Time to Exercise?
1st Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
I have often heard this Scripture expounded to mean that exercise is not really important, not in the eternal scheme of things compared to doing the things that count toward our spiritual lives and our future place in God’s Kingdom.
I have read or heard it emphasized sometimes by a writer or a speaker that rather “we should be spending our time in seeking after godliness. Exercising our bodies for this life is not really all that important for life is transitory, but our spiritual life is eternal.”
And even if we have not been directly taught this concept, we can see that many do have this attitude, for exercise does not seem to be high on the to-do list even amongst many who are the called-out.
We can read over this verse in 1st Timothy 4 and make silent assumptions about how physical exercise “profits little”, but is the correct meaning of this phrase?
The meaning is somewhat obscured here in the English but other translations bring out the intent of what Paul is saying much clearer to mean that: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.” (1st Timothy 4:8 – Amplified Bible)
This is not an “either / or” preposition; obviously our spiritual training is MORE important, but there is still some value in physical training. Even though physical training and exercise helps us in many ways, Paul is bringing out that it is devotion to God that should be our top priority and that devotion to Him helps us in every way to bring blessings in this physical life and most importantly in the world to come.
Then is it wrong for Christians to spend time exercising the body everyday (or on a regular basis) and to try to get physically fit? No, that is not what this verse is implying at all; rather that exercising to godliness should be our first priority; but this does not rule out the fact that Christians should also take good care of the physical bodies we have been given by God.
If we are devoted to God first, then everything else will fall into place as we seek balance and wholeness in all aspects of our lives. As we seek to please God we will want to do those things that will bring Him glory, including how we care for our bodies which includes exercising them for health.
Paul told the Corinthian brethren that our bodies house the very Spirit of God and we are to glorify God in both our body and in our spirit.
1st Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
As with many things in life, there can be extremes in the area of exercise and healthy eating just as we see in our society today and with the modern Hollywood mentality; that the physical is all that really matters and that our worth is measured by our looks.
Some people focus entirely on the spiritual, to the neglect of their physical bodies; while others focus so much attention on the form of their physiques and size of their muscles that they then neglect to spend the time needed in gaining spiritual growth and maturity in their character. Neither of these extremes indicates a biblical balance in the life of a believer.
Paul is not negating the need for exercise, but rather, he is explaining that exercise is valuable and is profitable for the short time we have here physically, but he also goes on to PRIORITIZE physical exercise correctly by saying that godliness is of greater value and it is godliness that has much more in way of eternal value. We are not going to take our physical bodies into the Kingdom, (those of whom are resurrected to spirit) but we will take our godliness and the character that we have developed with us, and those things will have eternal ramifications that will last forever.
Paul also speaks of physical training is an allegory of spiritual truth in 1st Corinthians 9:24-27. He compares a believer’s life to a race they would run to “get a prize.”
But the true prize we must be seeking is an eternal crown that will not tarnish or fade; not some temporal prize in this life as do the Olympic athletics who use vast amounts of their time and efforts to win a wreath that will only deteriorate in a short while.
1st Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Paul also states:
2nd Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
So Paul is saying that if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules (strives lawfully).
What are the rules? Paul uses this allegory as referring to the rules that are the way of life that God has laid out for those He has called, those who are in training to be the “victors”, who overcome all things in this world, endure to the end, and go on to inherit eternal life.
Paul uses an athletic illustration again in 2nd Timothy 4:7: ” I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:“
While the real focus of these verses are not physical exercise, Paul is using exercise to make some very good points spiritually. He visited many “games oriented/athletics focused” cities and made use of the visual that most people were familiar with to emphasize the more obscure spiritual ramifications, using athletic terminology to teach spiritual truths.
These verses indicate that Paul viewed physical exercise, and even competition, in a positive light if done to glorify God and not ourselves.
God created us to be both physical and spiritual beings and while the spiritual aspect of our being should be much more important, we are not to neglect either the spiritual or physical aspects of our health, but bring all things in subjection to what constitutes godly stewardship in a life lived for God.
One of the fruits of the Spirit is “temperance” (self-control) and in taking care of the body we show the fruit of God’s Spirit in ways we may not be aware of (Galatians 5:22).
In the days of Jesus and the apostles they probably did not need to put much thought in bodily exercise for they did not have cars, trains, airplanes, buses, but had to walk everywhere they needed to be. Also, they did not have the modern conveniences that we have and everything in life was laborious; and it took muscle power to accomplish everyday tasks.
Thus the people throughout history right up until modern times got plenty of exercise just in the course of living and traveling and probably did not have much time to spend at the gym or on a treadmill.
In our modern-day life we can go all day, almost, without exerting that much; we sit at computers, push buttons, drive cars, get our food from the store and then refrigerator, and our water from hot and cold faucets, so it is important to put forth some effort in some kind of exercise to keep our bodies strong and supple. This becomes even more important as we age.
So, clearly, there is nothing wrong with exercising for health and in eating right to maintain ideal weight and optimum fitness. The Bible is very clear that God’s children are to take good care of their bodies and we are obeying God’s mandates when we do so.
The Bible is also very clear that we are not to look to physical beauty and chiseled physiques of which such emphasis on these things is so prevalent in our modern day culture and in our media. Our main goal should be in the spiritual things of God.
Our attempt to exercise and to eat right should not be to improve the appearance of our bodies just so we can gain other people’s attention and admiration. Rather, the goal of exercising should be to improve our physical health so that we can maintain our physical energy throughout the years. By staying healthy and strong, it will enable us to be more productive as we are able to more fully devote our lives to our spiritual goals and our spiritual calling.
1st Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth theLord, she shall be praised.
1st Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
As the people whom God has called out to reflect Him and to be witnesses of Him, we need to be attending to both aspects; taking care of our spiritual conditioning first, but also as good stewards of the marvelous gift of living in a body that God gave to us at conception, so we should not neglect the aspect of conditioning our bodies as well.
God has called us to be good stewards in all areas of our lives, including in caring for our physical bodies which make it possible to live and move and to have our being in Him in this present physical life. Our bodies are a wonderful tool that God uses to prepare us for when we become changed into spirit. And if we are faithful in the (seemingly) small things, we will be faithful in being good stewards of the larger things when it is time for us to rule in God’s Kingdom. And if we did not have physical bodies, there would be no opportunity to live a life that could make it possible to later become eternal beings, so it behooves us to take good care of them.
The more physically fit and healthy we are, the more likely we will have the strength to do the work God has given us to do; and if our lives are prolonged because of a healthy lifestyle, the longer we can serve Him and others in this world. I heard in a sermon one time which makes a lot of sense, “Spiritual people take care of the physical things for spiritual reasons.”
And if we give diligence to living a healthy lifestyle, we can be lights to the rest of the world in this arena as well as in the spiritual things that we are to be lights of; for never has the world been so unhealthy because of our sedentary lifestyle along with all of the processed foods that we eat as in our modern era; we need people to step out to be examples in obeying God in proper stewardship, having the right kind of balance. How we have taken care of our bodies is usually very evident and we can teach others by how we have lived ourselves without even saying a word, just by our examples.
But if our motivation for exercising is out of vanity and to turn the heads of others, then our hearts are in the wrong place. However if we do it to honor God by denying ourselves from being lazy, and to treat our bodies as a temple and as a valuable gift from God, then He will help us and give us the will and ability to choose life and health in our day-to-day health habits in our endeavor to be a living sacrifice for God at this time, and then for others in the Kingdom.
If we neglect the body and refuse to change when we know that things are harming our bodies, or we are just plain neglectful and not motivated to do anything when we see that we are sick; then we are not taking care of the gifts and talents that God entrusted us with, just as the parable of the talents show.
Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Some Points To Help Motivate Us
Some may have come to the idea that it is selfish to take time to exercise or they may view it as a waste of time, but our bodies are gifts from God. We are stewards as we have been pointing out, so it is important to take time to care for them. By being fit and healthy, we are also better able to carry out our God-given duties on earth.
Exercise does not need to be monotonous nor made to be just another dutiful obligation. We can be creative and make it fun and throw ourselves into all kinds of vigorous activities that provide us with exercise.
One way to make it more engaging is to create a plan, set goals, and then execute our plan. It may be wise to check with your doctor first or a personal trainer and they can help you to know your limitations and what you need to do to increase your fitness level and stamina.
And we can always go to God and for pray for His help. For He promises that it is He who increases our strength and will make us mount up with the wings of an eagle.
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
If we cry out to God to lead us He will help us and reward our health building efforts if they are done in His service and not out of vanity or selfishness, and if we are obeying Him in putting Him first and above all things. As we put our trust in God, He will guide us and give us strength.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
God will guide us and give us strength but we do have to use wisdom and know our limits. That, too, is part of wise stewardship; it would be very difficult (and unwise) to run a marathon if we have arthritis in our knees and hips; but we can still set goals that we can strive for in our attempt to improve our health even if it is in small increments.
If we are doing all things to the glory of Christ, that means we can dedicate our exercise workouts to God and keep our mind on heavenly things even while we are strengthening something that is physical and is temporal like our bodies.
Even moderate exercising such as a good 15-30 minute walk each day is known to do wonders for our endurance levels and will help us build even more stamina. Walking, whether it is regular, brisk, or jogging helps our heart and lungs and it helps reduce weight and lower blood pressure; it also enhances our general emotional and physical well-being.
Getting outside and breathing fresh air as we walk or exercise invigorates us as well. And as we walk we can give glory to God and give thanks as we immerse ourselves in the outdoor scenery.
We can pray while we walk, and if we are walking in a park or in a wilderness area, we can marvel at God’s gorgeous creation. Or we can meditate while we swim, bike, hike, or hang-glide, etc.; or simply put ourselves in God’s presence if the only place we have to exercise is inside our homes or in a gym.
Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
It is also important to include strength training exercises as part of our fitness program. This will help to make everyday chores and activities become easier, and strength training also helps to strengthen our bones.
There are endless ways to do this; either by lifting weights, using stretch cords or bands, medicine balls, kettlebells, push-ups, or even wall push-ups. There is so much information on the Internet that we can glean to help us get more information on these things and what they can do for our bodies.
Proper discipline is critical for success in both our spiritual life and in our fitness program. Sometimes it helps to keep a journal and chart our progress. We can make lists and check things off as we reach goals, and this will give us the encouragement we need to keep at it.
Journaling can help increase our faith as well, for we will be able to look back and see where we were in comparison to where we currently are and our progress will be much more evident than if we just tried to keep track from memory.
Also, exercise is always more fun when we have someone joining us in our endeavor to become more healthy and physically active.
Family walks in the evening can not only provide a time to get some fresh air and exercise, but can strengthen our relationships because we are spending time with loved-ones and can listen to what they have to say without our usual distractions.
The New Testament tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; they are really God’s temple for He is dwelling in us.
When we take time to exercise on a regular basis we are honoring God for we are exercising wise stewardship in the care of His temple. We read in the Old Testament of all the time, care, and detail that went into building the Temple; it would seem that we should do our very best to care for our bodies, which is God’s temple in the New Covenant.
Is it Sin to Not Take Care of Our Bodies?
What if we were to neglect to eat food, or tried to skip sleeping because we just did not see the need for it? Is there such a thing as physical sin and spiritual sin with physical sin being the lessor of two evils?
No, all sin in sin; it is the transgression of God’s law and God commands us to glorify Him in our body and that we are not to do damage to His temple. We are also commanded to be good stewards of His gifts as the parable of the talents show us.
Many things that may seem mundane to us and not very important are part of the ruling and having dominion aspect of being one of God’s children and is part of our training to enable us to rule and teach in God’s kingdom when we are assisting Christ in adding to His Spiritual Temple with those we will be teaching and those coming to Christ at that time. Everything we do matters and should be done to the best of our ability and to bring glory to God and not to ourselves.
1st Corinthians 10:30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Further, we also know that God has given us minds to use. He is not opposed to increasing our knowledge in the things that are being discovered in scientific studies. As we seek out more knowledge of how to live more productively, that too can be part of what it takes to be a good steward of the bodies and gifts God has given us as we intentionally learn how to best use them and what works best.
We can ask God to use discernment for we certainly do not want to follow every health fad or get caught up with extreme health practices, or even allow ourselves to be scammed by unscrupulous sellers of their health wares (and we know that there are a lot of them out there). However, we are wise to be aware of scientific findings and to approach our health with wisdom and knowledge, at the same time asking God to guide us.
A balanced approach to exercise and health, then, is what the follower of Christ should pursue. We should judiciously exercise for it is good for our bodies as well as for our spiritual well being and we should take good care of our health in every other aspect as well.
However, in these pursuits we must never lose sight of God. The reason we care for our bodies is not to gratify our vanity; it is because we value and desire to be wise stewards of ALL of God’s gifts to us, not just in health.
In the Millennium, it is apparent from the many miraculous healings performed by Christ and the apostles that there will be many miraculous healings taking place, especially during the first part as the survivors of the tribulation are rescued and brought out of captivity.
The people that survive the coming tribulation will need God’s miraculous intervention to be healed from the scourge of war, famine, disease epidemics and slavery; they will need both physical and emotional healing, as well as spiritual healing.
But God also expects His people to do their part and He has placed laws in effect, that when kept, bring radiant health and well being. He expects those who know these laws to put them into effect and then help others apply them as well.
Jesus told one person who had received His healing to go and sin no more lest something even worse would happen to him which gives us the indication that God, even though He is merciful, forgives us, and heals us, expects us to do what we can to not bring on any more diseases by the things we do or do not do.
This applies to all sin and the many consequences that come as a result of sinning. When forgiven we are to go and sin no more.
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
We are in training now and are to be growing in knowledge and wisdom so that we will some day be able to teach others how to care for their health so that disease and sicknesses are held at bay by observing God’s health laws.
2nd Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
But we are also learning to be good stewards of all that God is a good steward of, as we are learning to become like He is.
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
Yes, fitness and health are important and can give us more energy to be and do all these things; but it’s crucial to keep our focus on the ultimate goal; our eternal life that we will have with God as a member of His Spiritual Family and to qualify to teach these things to the masses when the Millennium of God’s Rest will be upon the earth.
Does it glorify God to keep ourselves as fit and as healthy as we can (in balance) without worshiping health or seeking to gratify our vanity? From Scripture we see that it does glorify God and we need to be applying these things as we are able, while we can and then we will be highly trained, knowledgeable teachers when it is our turn to teach others.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Perfect health is one more thing we can look forward to under the reign of Christ, and that the curse of disease and the sorrow that comes with it will be a thing of the past.