Biblical Health Principles: What Does the Bible Teach About Health?
After a tumultuous 2020, many people were looking for a return to a normal life without high-stakes battles over Covid-19 vaccines and the persistent fear of a life-threatening pandemic. However, as we turned the page, 2022 greeted us with a daunting array of challenges: the resurgence of the deadly virus, the climate emergency and the fear of a third global conflict. To sum it up, 2022 will be as perilous as the last 12 months.
However, even with the harsh knowledge that problems have not been vanquished but instead have magnified, people are still talking about new resolutions. This year, I’ve been hearing many making promises to lose weight, be more aware of mental health, take up a new sport, get fitter and eat healthier. All in all, it’s all about health.
Centuries ago, staying healthy and fit was only seen as a means to an end – to work, earn an income, raise a family and survive in the society. But, today, the quest has become an end in itself, with everyone obsessing with health goals each year. And, as usual, 90% fail to achieve their goals. But, what if you make God the center of that resolution?
If you are a Christian like me, don’t forget that God is the one who created and designed the human body. He is the one who provided you with the moving, feeling and thinking parts. The Bible even tells us that God wishes for us to enjoy good health (3 John 1: 2).
In pursuit of good health and body perfection, thousands of people have spent huge amounts of money on injections, surgeries, personal trainers and prescriptions. Some have even fallen for “special nutrients” or the “ultimate magical cure.” A study shows that the average American is even willing to spend more than a million dollars – don’t know where he is going to find that sum of money – to find the ideal medical treatment or diet to have the perfect health.
Forget about this never-ending search and these “fake” gurus and set God to be the center of your health. Here’s how to!
Put Everything in Prayer
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
– From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
– From Philippians 4:6
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
– From Mark 11:24
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
– From Jeremiah 33:3
Personally, I believe that as our Creator, God has a blueprint for our health. Not only does He know how our body can address every issue, but I think He can give us a guide that will help us keep our health moving in the right and positive direction. Of course, it can only be given to us if we ask.
Remember, Matthew 7: 7: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”
With all these ‘fake” gods of this world, most believers do not realize that the real God – the Designer of the human body – is concerned about the health of His children and only He can give us the guidelines of how to lead and enjoy a happy and healthy life.
The Answer Is Found in the Bible
There are probably millions, if not billions, of books and blog articles written on the best principles of health. However, what if I tell you all the answers you need about this particular area are found in Biblical scriptures?
The Bible is not a textbook about nutrition, body and health, but it’s a manual full of instructions that God gave us so that we could make the right choices.
So, to learn about these Biblical health principles, come back for part 2!