Taking Care of Our Bodies

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

God in His wisdom gives us clues about certain things. For example, a cloudy, rainy day may indicate a colder day, so we go outside with a coat or umbrella. In certain regions, a dark and gloomy afternoon might signal a possible tornado. A flushed face and racing heart tells us we may have caught heat stroke. At times, our bodies cry out, and we need to listen.

The verse above commands us to do all to the glory of God. Paul did not place any restrictions or exceptions. God wants us to do everything for His glory, including how we treat our bodies. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Listen to your body.
Now this may seem a bit “out there,” but we refer to more basic concepts. For example, though exercise can be difficult, we almost all feel better afterwards. Our blood gets pumping, our muscles invigorated, and our spirits seem to rise. Our bodies verify what doctors already tell us: exercise benefits us.

We can also abuse our bodies by over-indulgence and neglect. When this occurs, other warning signs may appear, such as weight gain, diabetes and an overall lack of energy. Our bodies tell us we need to change our daily habits.

2. Observe your reactions to life’s stresses.
Modern medicine has observed the dangerous effects of internalizing too much stress. But God warned us of this centuries ago, as these verses indicate:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” (Psalm 37:1, 7).

Fortunately, God gave to us a marvelous remedy to stress in these verses. We need to commit our stress and anxious thoughts to God and He promises to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The Bible doesn’t promise to cure us of all diseases, nor does it promise a stress-free life, but sometimes we need to listen to our bodies to see what they’re telling us. And then we need to commit our stresses to God, and He will bless us with fresh renewal and grace.

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