Good health is probably one of the greatest of all blessings. When we are sick and don’t feel well at all, life is pretty miserable. On the other hand when we feel healthy, full of energy, enthusiasm, and joy, life is good. Because of this we all tend to do things that proactively enhance our health to one degree or another. I ride my stationary bicycle an hour almost every evening because it seems to make a huge difference in staying on top of my Parkinson’s and not letting it get me down. I am highly motivated in this discipline because of the obvious difference it makes in my health. Today there is a huge emphasis on exercising and on diet because of the obvious difference it makes in our health. I have family who sell organic milk, eggs, and vegetables because of the number of people who want to eat organic as much as is possible to stay healthy. I am very faithful in my exercise, and I am becoming more and more careful about what I eat and how much in order to maintain my weight and health.
I believe very strongly in personal discipline and responsibility, but I also believe that apart from God’s Blessing we would just be a pile of dust on the floor. If God makes us healthy we will be healthy indeed. In 1 Timothy 4:3-5 God communicates some conditions in order for Him to make us healthy. “Men who advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”
Interesting, the food we eat is “sanctified” by God. I would guess that means that it is made healthy. It is sanctified by “the Word of God and by prayer”. That could mean that reading some Bible passages and then praying, thanking God for our food as part of our dining routine would result in God sanctifying, cleansing, and making healthy the food we eat. I tend to believe that it has more to do with our lifestyle of daily reading, memorizing, and meditating on His Word, and then pressing on to live the principles we have learned. And also the second thing mentioned is prayer, and again I would think that the Lord is emphasizing a lifestyle of prayer as apposed to a short blessing given before we eat,