Words from the Heart for Saturday September 2nd, 2017
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:8 (NIV)
Healthy Bodies and Bones
Inner turmoil and unrest have been studied by medical researchers as stress on our physical bodies! Thousands of dollars are spent every month, we are told, trying to find peace. There’s lost work time and reduced productivity. Others can even suffer when they live out of a heart of restlessness. What hinders your inner peace today? You can commit that to the Lord and tell Him you choose His way instead. You will notice the difference and so will others around you.
You never know what you will find when you start digging. Last year Hydro Quebec was digging under Rene Levesque Boulevard in Montreal when they came across the vestiges of a 19th century Protestant cemetery. They ended up discovering the remains of 61 individuals, mostly bones gathered in collective burial boxes. The cemetery was no longer used by the mid-1800s and the wealthy who were buried there, like John Molson and James McGill, were exhumed and the remains transferred to other cemeteries.
God wants us to be healthy in every way. He knows better than we the horrific impact that sin has had on the world in general and individuals in particular. Our severed relationship with God has led to not only a heart filled with sin and shame, but emotions that get the better of us and bodies that fail us. The Bible is filled with not only God’s plan of salvation, but practical advice on how to live a life of victory and wholeness. In Proverbs 3, Solomon gives some great advice on God’s best for us. Proverbs 3:8 speaks of the benefits of turning away from evil: “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” There is a great price to pay for living a life apart from God – guilt and shame have a horrible effect on us physically. There is great wisdom in keeping our eyes on the Lord and turning our backs on temptation and sin – not only will our spiritual life bring great joy and pleasure to us, but we can count on enjoying better physical health as well. This is great advice.
These have been words from the heart.