WONDERFULLY MADE health
by PJ Salas
health“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your deeds; and I know it very well.” Psalm 139:14.
We are indeed wonderfully made, created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). He made us to be healthy, vibrant human beings, full of beauty and true goodness. When the Creator formed the first earthly pair, they were perfect, nothing was wrong with them. They had no maladies; no marks, no malfunctioning, and they did not die.
Gardening Our First Occupation
Gardening was the first occupation. God placed Adam and Eve in a garden called Eden, filled with a multitudinous variety of delicious plants for food. Everything in Eden was available to our predecessors for their blessing and benefit, with only one exception; they were forbidden to eat from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for if they did it would bring death (Genesis 1:29; 2:16, 17).
Free Will and Rebellion
The Creator provided a whole host of herbs for the sustenance of Adam and Eve; and He gave them a free will to choose. Sadly, God’s provisions for earth’s first couple escaped their satisfaction, even though all sorts of luscious, healthful fruits were available to them (Genesis 3:6). Charmed by satan’s deception, they fell into temptation and chose to take fruit from the forbidden tree.
Through the rebellion of Adam and Eve sin entered our world, and we have been deteriorating and dying ever since. God never intended for us to die; but He gave us a free will to choose, life or death. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve chose death; and six thousand plus years later people are still succumbing and choosing death.
Daily, many of us, like Adam and Eve, chose a debilitating existence. We make choices that are harmful and destructive. Bite by bite we destroy our minds and bodies. Day after day, we sit in front of computer, television, and phone screens wasting away, instead of getting outside in the fresh air, and moving about.
Just going for a twenty-minute walk every day will bring healthful benefits. We do not have to track our steps, climb mountains, count calories and other such things in order to enjoy a positive lifestyle. Just being playful is a substantial benefit; it improves our attitude, and how we view our life experiences. Playfulness puts us at ease, relieving stress, and releasing tension.
Enjoyable Activity Important
Enjoying what we do is important. Playing, swimming, walking, golfing, biking all are good for us, and easy on our bodies. We do not have to be Olympic swimmers, marathon runners, or world-class gymnasts to be healthy. There are plentiful activities that are fun and wholesome. Instead of being involved in degrading pursuits that break down, choose what is favorable for well-being.
Conversely, when we do make wrong decisions, and develop bad habits, there is hope. Despite choosing what is harmful, we are not doomed.
Ability to Repair
God is so good and so amazing! Remarkably, the Creator formed us so fantastically that we have built-in abilities to repair and heal, when we choose to adopt right behavior and good patterns. In our deteriorated state, we have the capacity for restoration.
We are so wonderfully made that, in spite of the hefty toll sin has exacted, built within us is the capacity for restoration. It is astounding how incredibility well made we are. Even in our degraded state, brought on by our sin, we can reverse the damage we do, and regain health. God is so good!
Within us is the capability to repair. Tissue, organs, cells, bones, and muscle can mend with proper care. Avoiding harmful and destructive foods, beverages, and activities are essential to rebuilding good health.
Living and using aright those things God gave us to be well, and stay well (Genesis 1:29), we can reverse many of the adverse effects resulting from bad choices and habits. God created us to heal when we change our practices, and follow His original plan. Our bodies can restore to health, if we will live as God created us to live.
We Can Change
We can change our thinking and behavior; but we have to choose, it is a choice. We can be fit and live in harmony with God and self, by choosing what is salubrious. Eating right, sunshine, fresh air, physical activity, good rest, drinking plenty of water, moderation in all things, and most of all trusting in God and His ability to heal us, this is how we have optimal health.
Nutrition - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, legumes.
Exercise - be playful, walk, enjoy godly activity.
Water - eight glasses daily for body function, regulation, hydration, and cleansing.
Sunshine - vitamin D for strong bones and mood improvement.
Temperance - moderation in all things, balance.
Air, fresh air - go outside, breathe.
Rest - eight hours nightly. resting on the Sabbath.
Trust in God - first, last, and always.
Acronym from Weimar Health Institute
Trusting in our Creator, nutritious foods, proper rest, sunshine, good exercise, plenty of water and fresh air, moderation in our habits, are vital to recovering and maintaining good health. Healthy mindsets and bodies are the result of wholesome choices, as is a healthy character.
Moreover, Jesus through His Holy Spirit is ever reaching out to help us in the battle of sin and self. He wants us to be whole, He will help us heal, and He strengthens us in making right choices, if we let Him. While on earth Jesus did more healing than He did anything else, He wants us to be well, to be in health.
God's Amazing Love
In love for His creation, God set a plan in motion to rescue His rebellious children from sin and death. Jesus took our place and paid the penalty for our sin, to make us whole. Praise His name! Christ came to recreate and restore us to wellness and eternal life (Genesis 3:15; Romans 6:23; Malachi 4:2; John 3:15, 16).
How amazing is God’s love and grace, so amazing! Even though we chose to walk contrary to our Creator He would not let us go. He died that we may live healthfully and eternally, despite our sinfulness, in spite of this sinful world.
The Healing Stream
Jesus is the healing stream that cures all our ailments, all our disorders, in mind, in body, in emotions and in character. Jesus is the answer to every problem, every illness, every bad habit, and every wrong choice, He is the only truly lasting change.
Healthy living is available to all who will choose it. Let Jesus help you choose to live healthfully. Let Him make you whole.
ʺBeloved, I pray above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as you prosper spiritually.ʺ 3 John 1:2.
ʺTrust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.ʺ Proverbs 3:5-8.