What Americans spend on nutritional supplements and bodybuilding is staggering. Consider these facts:
Sixty billion dollars were spent in January to lose weight.
One and one-half billion dollars are spent on food supplements each month.
There are over 32,000 health clubs in America.
The average cost per month of a gym membership is $55.00.
The total amount of money spent on gym memberships in 2020 was over $32 billion.
The number of gym memberships in 2019 was over 64 million.
“Looking good” for many is much more important than “being good.” Taking pride in bulging muscles and well-toned bodies have become a way of life for many who worship themselves rather than God. It is difficult to watch TV without seeing commercials on how to “get ripped” or pills to lose weight or products that will extend life. The “beautiful body” has become an end for many.
However, the Psalmist staked our God’s position on all of this: “He takes no pleasure...in human might.”
Now, there’s nothing wrong with being physically fit. We are indebted to God to avoid doing anything to our body that would put it at risk for any disease that we can avoid. Why? We are obligated to Him to honor this “gift” and use it for His glory by serving Him. But, we cross a line when we worship our bodies and not the God who created them.
Prayer: Lord, convict our hearts to care deeply about the gift of life and wellness You have given us. Then, would You teach us to use it to honor You? In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today's Bible Verse: He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might. Psalm 147:10b