A couple of weeks ago I accompanied my wife as she went looking at gyms in our immediate area. Bet was not happy with the place she had been going to and I wanted to be supportive of her finding one she might like. Before we met Betty was a fitness buff. I worked out last in High School a million years ago. So, we took the tour of several local gyms and even got a three day free pass to the one she liked the best. I insisted that I did not need the free pass even if my inflated mid-section said otherwise, but they handed me one nonetheless. In a continuing effort to be supportive I went with Bet on the day she first used that free pass and a surprising thing happened – I liked it! It really felt great to exercise, pump iron, stretch, run and push myself. As I mentioned, that was a few weeks ago and we both are going strong. I signed Betty up with a personal trainer as a birthday present and he is working with us both. I never would have guessed that I would enjoy working out – but I do.
Which brings me to the thoughts that go thru my head as I aimlessly tread along – What does the Bible say about exercise? If anything at all? Well, I knew for a long time that Paul wrote – For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything (1Tim 4:8 Amp). I used this as my reasoning for being sedentary. Yes I am ashamed. But more to topic, we are encouraged to exercise our faith. Jesus told us to “Have Faith in God.” Jesus spoke of the Faithless and those that had little Faith. As well as those who had great Faith. Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Paul records in his letter to the Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” But where do we get Faith from? Paul again tells us … faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We all believe ( have Faith) in something. It’s just a matter of who we believe (have Faith in) and how we act on that belief. “I never win.” ” I could never do that.” ” I’m not smart enough” or “strong enough” or “_______________” you fill in the blank. When we think/believe/speak this way we are exercising our Faith – faith in failure and defeat! There’s an old expression that says it takes more muscle t frown then smile. True or not it makes a point. We can choose who or what we put our faith in. Its ours to do with as we see fit. We set the alarm at night to wake us up the next day – that’s an act of faith that we will be here tomorrow morning when it signals the call to a new day.
Set your alarm to wake you up to a new life. A life of Faith in God and love He has for you – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11 NKJV Who knows you may surprise yourself and actually like it!!