Pr.4:22: “For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.”
Nutrition and health are major topics in our world. I wonder exactly how many books have been written just about Superfoods? Scientists, dietitians, nutritionists, and every day people are constantly discovering new information about health. I enjoy a tasty, energy-packed green fruit and veggie drink myself.
Through discovery, we know that the simple act of washing our hands prevents countless illnesses. Now we understand that eating whole foods gives us more energy and less weight than their processed alternatives. Technology allows us to see exactly what happens inside the body when we choose an unhealthy lifestyle. It can be quite fun to discover the vitamin/nutrient facts of kale, the many benefits of fresh ginger, and the antioxidant powers of blueberries.
In Pr. 4, Solomon tells his son that there is life and health in his words and sayings. This is true for the entire Word of God. If we’re searching for health, there is no healthier place than arms of Jesus, our Healer. When we give attention to the words of our Father, we find life; and not just more enjoyable life, but eternal life! Choosing to incline our ears to the sayings of our Father, we allow health comes on our flesh.
Through discovery, we know that the simple act of believing that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life brings salvation. It can be quite fun to discover all the way the Lord has been faithful to His children over the years. Reading the word, we understand exactly how sin affects us and how submitting to God brings true freedom to us and to those around us. Inclining our ears to the Word, we find a God full of grace and mercy, who lovingly guides and directs us. Jesus gives us glimpses into what is going on within the body to bring forth filth from our mouths. It’s all so exciting!
As I think back to the moments when I was living outside of the Lord’s will and purpose for my life, I remember the aches I always felt. Sure, I may have had moments of exhilaration or pleasure in my sin, but once the moment passed, I was left with guilt, shame, pain, confusion, feelings of being out-of-control, hopelessness, and despair. Sounds like unhealthiness to me!
Giving my attention to the words of my Father has brought health to my flesh and my mind with signs like joy, peace, hope, security in forgiveness and grace, self-control, reassurance, desire of better things, faith, and confidence in the strength of my Lord. Truly, God has breathed life into me once again, and continues to give health to me as I grow closer to Him and make new discoveries in His Word.
Are you excited about health and nutrition now? Me, too!