Five of the first seven patriarchs listed in Genesis 5 lived to be more than 900 years old. How did people live so long back then? Books have been written to explain that the canopy of water above the atmosphere prior to the flood filtered the solar rays and thus caused the sun to have no adverse effects on the longevity of a person’s life. Others explain that there is a difference in translating Hebrew numbers and the historic records Moses used to write Genesis had people living for hundreds of years.
One thing is for sure and that is that the original plan of God was for people to live forever but sin shortened the life span. Adam and Eve wanted to be with God until they ate the forbidden fruit from the tree in the middle of the Garden. After that, they didn’t want God in their presence and hid from God.
The years went by and mankind continued to get further and further from God. We read about generation after generation that didn’t listen to God until we get to a man named Noah who listened and fulfilled God’s purpose of building an Arc. As the plan was carried out, there was the terrible flood which destroyed everything. The plan was to wash the sins away and start over again.
After the flood, God made a promise to Noah that He would never flood the earth again and the symbol of this promise is the rainbow. Today, God can provide music for our ears, laughter for our soul, and a rainbow after every storm because of His love demonstrated to us through His son Jesus. His Word provides food for the mind and His Son creates light for understanding so our acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God truly washes sins away.
Jesus came as the sacrifice to pay for the sins of humanity. Today, we can walk with God again through a mighty strength; the blessing of the Trinity which gives strength, might, and wisdom. Because of Christ, our bodies are considered the temple of God.
We should live each day joyfully offering our time, attitudes, energy, and our words to Him. It’s easy to say but hard to fulfill but one idea is a system I have named believersize; a combination of scripture memory and physical exercise. One can use this system by memorizing scripture as they run or walk or while they do any other exercise. Another example of using this system is to work out on a stationary bike or tread mill while listening to inspirational music.
The key to physical and spiritual health is to honor God’s temple; having times throughout the day to pause for a few minutes to reflect and pray for the rest of the day. Right now, ask for help to fill the rest of the day with obedience, gratitude, humility, and enthusiasm. Balance work with family time and seek to live a stress free life style.