3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
One of the many blessings God gives us is good health, but it seems we often take that blessing for granted until we lose it. In Third John, we find the Apostle praying for the health of his friend, Gaius. John knew better than to take his friend’s health for granted, and we can learn from John’s example.
We should exercise and diet and do everything humanly possible to maintain our bodies and our health. Even Paul tells us physical exercise is of some limited value (1 Timothy 4:8), but ultimately our continued good health is in God’s hands. Therefore, it’s important that we ask Him to bless us with good health and not only for ourselves but also for the good health of others. James tells us the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Still, there will come a day when health fails. It’s inevitable; sooner or later, something will rob us of our health. We are all appointed to die once, and no amount of exercise or prayer will stop that. So, we should thank God for the days of good health He blesses us with, and we should use those days wisely. Let us redeem the time we’re given, and even as our physical health fails let us pray that our spiritual health remains.
Proverbs 3:7-8 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
Have a God Filled Week,