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Does God care about our health? Well there’s a question for you! This is a very sensitive and unique topic and one that isn’t discussed very much.
A topic that I’m afraid to even bring up for fear of what others will think. So I address this topic cautiously with a great deal of consideration and prayer. It is too big to fully flesh out in one simple blog post. But I think we can lay a framework here for this huge question.
Does God care about our health?
Honestly, my gut reaction to this question is…of course He does!! Why wouldn’t he care about every detail of His creation. We are His creation. You are no accident. Your life started as a single cell. A single, solitary cell with 46 chromosomes. One cell with enough genetic code to multiply into trillions of cells. One estimate is approximately 37.2 trillion cells! And it all started with one single God ordained cell.
Psalm 139:13 For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart….
We are beautiful, unique creations of God. How often do we take this for granted? The very miracle of life. So the question must be answered in the proper context. Does God care about every detail of our body? Of course. Our body is His creation. So first, we need to recognize our Creator. The One who gave us life. The One who cares about every detail, every aspect of that life including our health.
I think it is interesting that in the Bible, He refers to the body as a temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
There is so much in this verse. But for the purpose of our primary question, I’m going to only focus on one of the aspects. Our Creator is reminding us that our body is a temple and it is not our own. He is encouraging us to honor God with that body!
So a way to honor God is to take care of the body that he is loaning to you. Don’t misunderstand. God doesn’t love you less if you are struggling with being unhealthy. Nothing changes His love for you! NOTHING!!
Being healthy is simply a means to an end. God wants us to be healthy so that we can “go & do” and “love & serve!” We are called to love and serve others! We are called to be focused on others. It is so difficult to “go & do” and “love & serve” when poor health is holding us back! Disease and disastrous health conditions have a tendency to make us focus on self, not on others.
God doesn’t want us to be healthy so we can call attention to ourselves and say “look at me” or “look at what I have accomplished.” He wants us to protect our health so we can simply live out our purpose and do what He has called us to do!
In another blog post, we can further discuss the full implications of disease and how it impacts all aspects of our health including our spiritual health.
My main hesitation in even writing about this subject is because I understand the complexity of the human body and disease. Even more importantly, after working in health care for over two decades; I have noticed the guilt and the shame that often accompanies said disease.
So allow me to end with this. You were created by an all mighty, loving God. He designed this beautifully complex, intricate body. Yes, he does care about your health because He cares about you!