Today I worked out to a video on-line. When the instructor was talking about tightening our stomach muscles during an activity, she commented that having that firm support from the transverse abdominal muscles made her feel powerful, confident, and strong.
When we read in the Bible of Elijah “girding his loins” it actually means he tightened his belt, but it sounds very much like a description of the sort of activity that might give us washboard abs. Wouldn’t Gird Your Loins be a terrific name for a Christian exercise club? People could work out to Scripture and tone their bodies while building up their faith.
Being a Christian in today’s culture requires strength: moral strength, strength in Bible knowledge, and physical strength, too, so that we do not falter or grow weary in doing good.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
In order to be powerful, confident, strong, and effective Christians, we must tighten our belts. Tighten our abs.
Gird ourselves for the days to come.
And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins…1 Kings 18:46 (KJV)