Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV

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Nourishment

According to Krish Thayalan at Second Harvest Toronto, “The average Canadian’s diet, especially those who are low-income and/or marginalized—through no fault of their own—is full of energy-dense foods with little to no nutrient value, giving rise to chronic disease. People rely more on cheaper, convenience-foods that are low in important vitamins and minerals, and high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats to keep themselves nourished as a result. The lack of nutrition in these diets can then lead to a myriad of chronic diseases.”

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Guilt is a terrible thing. It paralyzes, leads to fear, breaks up relationships and depending on the reason for the guilt, can bring about prison time. How much better is it to live a life that avoids any reason for guilt. Solomon, the son of King David, infamous for the guilt he expressed in Psalm 51 following his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah, wrote this in Proverbs 3:7-8: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” If guilt brings about so much damage in our lives, wisdom would tell us that avoiding anything that would cause guilt ought to be the foundation of our lives. I heard a preacher say recently that the problem in the church today is that while we understand the love of God we have forgotten about the fear of God. I couldn’t disagree with him. Solomon tells us the best way to stay healthy physically and spiritually is first to fear God and second to shun evil. Wise advice indeed.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley