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October 6, 1998

Physically Prepared (Part One)

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She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. PROVERBS 31:17
The last thing you might expect to find in a devotional book is a lecture about physical fitness. But don’t go turning the page in hopes of finding something a bit more “spiritual” just yet.
If you’re a woman, you might tend to get a bit discouraged when you read Proverbs 31. That gal is superwoman; there’s no way I could ever measure up to her, you might think. If you’re a man, you might be tempted to ignore this portion of Scripture because you think it’s totally irrelevant to your life. But both men and women can learn a great deal from this lady’s life, particularly when it comes to the all-important area of health.
Proverbs 31:17 says that the woman “sets about her work vigorously” and that her arms are “strong for her tasks” (emphasis added). In other words, this woman is in top physical shape. She might not be able to run a marathon, but she has the energy and stamina she needs to care for her household, her family, her business interests, and herself. Although the Scripture doesn’t specifically say it, it stands to reason that there’s no way she would have that much energy and stamina if she didn’t engage in the discipline of regular exercise. She might be able to maintain a schedule like that for a week without exercise, but not over the course of several months or years.
So what does this mean for us today? Quite simply, that if we want to be as fruitful in all aspects of life as this woman was, we need to make sure our bodies are “strong for our tasks.” In other words, we must make exercise a regular part of our lives.
Is exercise a priority in your life? If not, you’re probably not as productive as you could be.

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