It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
A lot of people think that the way to get health is to watch what they eat. For example, many people say that the Mediterranean diet is a very healthy one. I agree, generally. But do you know that the people whom Jesus healed were also on a Mediterranean diet? They did not eat pork and prawns, for example, because they were Jews and these things are not kosher for them.
I know that you want to walk in divine health. But God does not want your focus to be on food—what to eat, what not to eat—or even exercise—how to exercise, when to exercise. All these are natural means which the people of the world trust in. It is better to trust in the Lord and His finished work, than to put your confidence in the latest man-made diet plans and exercise regimes.
At the cross, Jesus took your sicknesses and carried your pains, and by His stripes you were healed. (Isaiah 53:4–5) The Bible even tells us how to escape sickness and premature death—by discerning the Lord’s body when we partake of the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:29–30) But instead of focusing on these truths, many of us prefer to focus on dieting and exercising.
I am not against eating well or exercising. What I’m trying to get you to see is doing it for the right reason. I exercise some and I try to watch what I eat. I don’t exorcise to the excess but only do what makes me feel good. In the same way I don’t obsess over what I eat. I try not to eat a lot of fatty foods because it makes me feel crummy and I try to avoid sweets, which is my weakness, for the same reason. Know your body and what it does well with and what it doesn’t.
Don’t trust dieting to make you healthy. Exercise not because you trust exercising to make you healthy. No, trust the finished work of Christ to make you healthy. Eat well because you like to feel good and exercise for the same reason!
God wants you to be free when it comes to eating and exercising. Don’t make laws for eating and exercising, and then trust these laws to give you “divine” health. Trust in the finished work of Christ. Discern His body when you partake of the Holy Communion. Just enjoy your food and workout!