He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and … take sickness away from the midst of thee. The number of thy days [He] will fulfil.
Recently I lost a dear friend, and God’s army lost a great general because of a weight problem, which caused him to have a massive heart attack. I wish you’d seen the work he was doing for God and the struggle it’s been to replace him. God says you have a “number” of days to fulfil, and an assignment to complete, but sickness can terminate you before you get there. My doctor, a leading cardiologist, recently told me to cut down on fatty foods and exercise regularly. He also told me his wife regularly forgets to service her car and keeps wondering why it always breaks down! Sound familiar?
Sherman and Mary Owens lost their son Jimmy in March, 1995. He was 29, and he was on the mission field. Twice, Mary warned him that he would not “fulfil the length of his days” if he didn’t change his eating habits. Cholesterol is no respecter of persons. He died before his 30th birthday, weighing almost 300 pounds. Yes, he’s at home with the Lord, and so is my dad who died at age 44, and my pastor friend who just died at 60; but was it necessary? Sherman told me, “God didn’t take my son—ham and eggs did!” In his book, Ladder to the Top, he writes, “Your waistline is a collection of decisions, and those decisions can either lengthen or shorten your life.”
I want you to fulfil the length of your days and complete your assignment for God, so maybe this will make you think.
 Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 243). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.