Transformed in My Physical Health (Day 13)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)

As our Creator, God fully knows and understands the limitations of our physical bodies.  While our roles within the Body of Christ may differ, we are all called to utilize our earthly bodies to the best of our ability to carry out His will.

We should look at our own weaknesses and limitations as an opportunity; an opportunity to rely on and draw closer to God through the fulfillment of His promises. He is the ultimate power source and the giver of strength and power.

When we begin to view our bodies as tools to carry out God’s will, we can understand the importance of its upkeep. We should be mindful of how we treat our bodies and what we allow to fuel us in our pursuit of living a holy, godly life.

It’s natural for our bodies to grow weary. Regardless of our physical condition, there comes a point of exhaustion. It is in these moments that we recognize the value of rest. After the sixth day of creation, God rested (reflected). In turn, we are commanded to give one day a week to the Lord and remove ourselves entirely from our work (Exodus 20:8-11).

From a practical standpoint, a day of rest is extremely beneficial. It allows us to realign our focus on the Lord, while giving our bodies a break from the stresses placed on it. Mentally, it allows us to sharpen our focus and avoid burnout. It’s a day to recharge, refocus, and spend time delighting in the Lord. When was the last time you took a Sabbath?