Proverbs 3_5

Ever since finishing a year of chemo, I have been focusing on becoming healthier. Not only do I want more energy, I want my tumor to not be a problem anymore. I’ll have to wait long term before I will declare my tumor to not be a problem, but I am experiencing more energy than I have for a while.

This week I have been learning just how much energy I have now. This week at our church I am the co-director of VBS (Vacation Bible School). I like to describe VBS as a great week for the kids and a tiring week for the adults. Even though I am tired, I am not exhausted, and I am even enjoying the work.

In my journey to health, I have been reading about food choices, exercise, and sleep. It is frustrating that there are so many ideas about being healthy, and there are so many ways to be unhealthy. There are ideas about our physical health, emotional health, relational health, and even spiritual health.

How are people supposed to be healthy with all these opinions?

The answer is found in Proverb 3:5-8:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

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.”

God wants us to live our lives His ways. We do not need to worry about what “they” say is good for us. We need to concentrate on what God says about our lives. When we make God’s ways our ways, it amazes me how our problems seem to be so small.

Often we create stress by doing all the things that we are “supposed to do” and then feel guilty for all the things we didn’t find time to do.

If we slow down and focus on what God has called us to do, we would be happier and healthier. 

Trust that God’s way will lead to a life full of joy.

For a long time I have heard Proverbs 3:5-7, but verse 8 is often not included. It is so good for you to fear the Lord and shun evil that it will even effect you bones.

How do you need to trust God today?

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