We all believe something. Whether it’s faith in God, in people, or in science, our beliefs shape our choices and our lifestyle.
When it comes to your health, what do you believe? We ask because what you believe is the foundation of your life. Our foundation is the Word of God, and it’s the source of much of our belief about health.
Whether you share our faith or not, you’ll be amazed at how helpful the Bible is when it comes to your health, your hope, and your life.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to believe that you were actually made to enjoy health? You were. This was God’s original intent for us.
In the Garden
Let’s go back to the garden. Not the Olive Garden restaurant, the Garden of Eden. Although I’m pretty sure olives grew there, and they did have endless salad (and no “dressing”).
In the beginning, there was health.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”… And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29, 31 emphasis added)
Life was pretty simple for Adam and Eve. Take care of the garden, love each other, eat from the wondrous array of fruits and vegetables, and live forever. There was no sickness or disease—or even death.
Until the original power couple decided to eat from the forbidden cupcake tree. (You don’t really think it was an apple tree, do you?)
This theme of goodness, health, and peace continues through the Bible, into the New Testament. Scripture goes a little bit deeper, looking at the book of 3rd John, verse 2.
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
Most people understand that God is all about spiritual health. Some realize that God is also concerned with our emotional health. But we somehow see a disconnect in society in regard to God’s design for physical health.
Lack of physical health is not our Creator’s plan; often it’s a sign of spiritual brokenness. For example, when people live in chronic fear or stress, medical experts agree this has a harmful effect on the body.
What about chronic sadness or shame? We all know about “comfort food,” which means we acknowledge there is much need for comfort in this world. But (and we all know this deep down) the answer to our pain is not on the tree of cupcakes.
We have the answer, because we are loved, and designed for health—in all areas of our being. It was—and still is—God’s intention. And the garden of earth, despite its fall, still produces pretty amazing food. The food your body and soul have been hungry for.
This is an excerpt from Drs. Mark & Michele Sherwood’s book, Surviving the Garden of Eatin’