Obedience Is Good for Your Bones —
A recent study conducted by the University of British Columbia in Canada confirms this long-held belief — that weight bearing activity is necessary if your bones are to remain strong. In fact, the study showed that young teens who put a load on their bones for at least an hour everyday are less likely to break their bones than those who are active for only a 1/2 hour. (See a summary of this study in the Vital Updates link below.)
So it makes you think, doesn’t it?
Maybe the blessing God associates with obedience isn’t just a spiritual blessing, but is also a benefit to our bodies through the way he has designed our bones to naturally grow and strengthen. When we actively use our bodies (and thus our bones) to do good works and physically interact with others, God makes our bodies and souls even stronger.
As King Solomon wrote thousands of years ago:
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. Proverbs 3:7-8 NKJV
So the next time your parents remind you to not be a lazy bones, but to mow the yard or practice soccer or walk the dog — remember to get up and obey them right away, because you are the one who is benefited! And God has designed the benefit to be for your body as well as your soul.
Dearest Father, Thank you that you bless me when I obey — not only in my soul but also in my bones. Thank you that I grow strong through active obedience. You are a creative genius. Amen.