The Missing Foundation for Radical Wellness

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13, English Standard Version (ESV).

 

The first new car our family bought when we immigrated to Texas was a Ford Escort, model 1986. It served us well for 14 years.

I remember the first time I tried to fix a problem in that car. I almost broke the rear light housing when I wanted to change a busted brake light. Then I remembered there was an owner’s manual that came with the car. It took me little time and effort when I followed instructions on how to change a busted brake light.

Desiring to be healthy apart from God is like changing a car’s busted brake light without consulting the owner’s manual. You can end up destroying your health rather than fixing it.

God is the bedrock on which our house of health can be built. Augustine of Hippo said, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they find rest in You.”1

It has been reported that Billy Graham once asked, “Why do we year for God? The reason is because God put that yearning within us, and He did it because He wants us to seek Him and come to know Him.”

Blaise Pascal, an imminent scientist is explicit on why we yearn for an experience with God: “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled . . . only by God Himself.”2

The evidence of God’s existence is indelibly etched into the core of our being. To deny the existence of God is to deny the very essence of our humanity; to seek and to know Him is to find rest and be made whole.

 

The Source of Life and Health

More than the evidence of God in our very being, God reveals Himself in His self-revelation – the Bible. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. Everything in the universe and on the Earth – including ourselves – exists because of God’s creative act. How? The Bible says, “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” Psalm 33:9, ESV.

To be whole means to have an attitude of gratitude and praise to God for creating us. Like the Psalmist, we ought to say: “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14, New American Standard Bible (NASB).

The Harvard Medical School reported that “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”3

Definitely, then: “Love for God is essential for life and health.”4

 

The Sustainer of Life and Health

God not only created us; he also sustains us every moment of our lives. While preaching to the Greeks at the Aeropagus, Paul the Apostle said that “he [God] is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’” Acts 17:27-28, ESV.

A baby begins and continues to exist as a living being because of the elements and forces that are endowed by its parents. In creating Adam, the Bible says: “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7, NASB. We continue to exist because of the continued expressions of God our heavenly Father’s power in the cells, tissues, organs and systems of our bodies.

 

The Healer of Our Diseases

In essence, our life and health are due to God’s unending love, grace, and mercy to us. Even in our state of sinfulness, God continues to give us physical and spiritual life. As the writer of Psalms said: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, . . . who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5, ESV.

We have a clear picture of God’s attitude to us in the life and work of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that Jesus Christ “went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Matthew 4:23, ESV.

And so, in our quest for health and wellness, we should begin with a search for God. His promise is this; “You will seek me and find me when you search me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you . . . . For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26.

 

The Benevolence of God

In the story of Creation, we see not only God’s omnipotent power but also His pure and perfect character of love for His creatures.

Consider this:

The first day of human existence was the Sabbath – a day of rest and fellowship with the Creator. This fact reveals His eternal purpose for us. We were created not to endure life but to enjoy it.

From the very beginning, God provided for our needs. Before He even created man, God provided everything, so he could thrive. When Adam and Eve sinned, God provided a way to restore them and their descendants to the original estate. This statement in the Bible is very enlightening: “Also, for Adam and his wife Eve the Lord God made tunics of skin and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21, New King James Version (NKJV).

God is our ever-present protector. We see this attribute of God in the experience of the Israelites during their Exodus experience in the desert. “He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” Exodus 13:22, NASB.

God is the ever-loving Guide of our destiny. As in the life of Jeremiah, it is true that: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you . . . .” Jeremiah 1:5.

God is always at work for our good. A prolific Christian writer emphasized this point when she wrote:

“The Savior in His miracles revealed the power that is continually at work in man’s behalf, to sustain and to heal him. Through the agencies of nature, God is working, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, to keep us alive, to build up and restore us. When any part of the body sustains injury, a healing process is at once begun; nature’s agencies are set at work to restore soundness. But the power working through these agencies is the power of God. All life-giving power is from Him. When one recovers from disease, it is God who restores him.”5

Beyond 20/20 vision, the ideal weight, perfect blood pressure, and excellent emotional health, something better is awaiting you. Truly experience radical health: “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31, New International Version.

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1 Sheen, F. (1944). The confessions of saint Augustine. London: Sheed & Ward

Ltd.

2 Please see: “Blaise Pascal: Finding God in Revealing Fundamental Truths of

Life”. Retrieved from http://www.doxologists.org/blaise-pascal/

3 https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

4 White, E. (1999). Mind, character, and personality. Hagerstown, Maryland:

Review and Herald Publishing Association

5 White, E. (1909). The ministry of healing. Mountain View, California: Pacific

Press Publishing Association.

 

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