Proverbs and Health, What if?

A while back, I was reading thru the book of Proverbs and sharing some of those verses on FB. It’s amazing how much God speaks about health and our physical bodies in that book.

Here’s some examples.

3:7-8 Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones. (Humility and doing right and not wrong is physically healthy)

4:20-22 My son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings. Don’t lose sight of them; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. (Listening to and obeying God’s voice is physical health)

14:30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones. (Stress and anger damage us physically)

16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Our speech being kind and joyful is physical health)

There’s many more than just these.

I’m just sitting here thinking about how there’s so so much chronic illness in our society nowadays. Maybe there’s a physical cause to it…. maybe the docs can attach a name to it…. but ..what if it’s origin isn’t in the physical?

What if it’s origin is in how we treat others? In how we think about others and things.. Anger and bitterness.. Stress and worry and fear.. In a lack of kindness.. In the immoral habits and addictions we cling to.. In wrong-doing.. In pride and self-centeredness..

What if?

I’m not saying I know. And I’m not saying this is a blanket statement for all people who deal with chronic illness. (There are physical illnesses). I’m just saying, what if?

And what if dealing with these spiritual issues would make the physical illness disappear just as if was cured with meds?

Wouldn’t that be something?? It’s really something to think about, isn’t it? I mean, this isn’t just some yoga person or doctor saying it. It’s the He who created us, and knows us physically, who is saying it.

What if good health is more than just going to the doctor and fixing things with drugs …or even herbs, essential oils, less chemicals, better food, losing weight, more exercise, etc., etc?

What if “healthy” starts in a different place?

Attitudes. Thoughts. Beliefs. The heart and the mind. Relationships with God and man. So…..

“Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ..” 2Cor 10.

What if this is where our strongest weapon lies for dealing with our society’s disintegrating health?


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