Through Moses writings, God gave his people many rules for foods and cleanliness. The food rules were to set the Israelites apart from the pagan world, and they were good rules for a healthy diet. God commanded his people to work and actively serve others. The need for exercise was taken care of as a part of their daily work life. I try to eat a healthy diet and get some moderate but regular exercise.
Time for fun, holidays, and family trips can also be found in the Bible. Celebrations, feasts, and pilgrimages were frequent events chronicled in both the Old and New Testaments. We are to enjoy recreational time with family and friends.
Moses took time away from the pressures of leading his people in the desert when he climbed up the mountain to be with God. Jesus often would go off by himself to pray. This was a time of relaxation, refreshment, and communication with his Father. After these times he was renewed and had clear direction from God.
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35
It is very important for us to take time away from the pressures of daily life—whether it is praying on a mountain or carving out time to sit and pray in our backyards. To what solitary place do you go to communicate with God?
Resolved Day 24: Today I will set aside some special time for renewal, refreshment, and communicating with God.