May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
There is no shortage of advice on how to live healthy. Just pick up any number of health magazines, walk the shelves of popular bookshops, or flip to any of the health channels on your television. And yet, Proverbs 3 keeps it simple: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding… Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment in your bones” (3:5-8). No big distinction here between body, soul, and mind. They are all integrated, and they all influence each other when it comes to a holistic and healthy life. The root of it all is who or what we trust. If we lean on our own understanding, and we trust the wisdom of our own minds, we should not be surprised to find a corrupted soul that affects the body too. Contrary to many beliefs, a healthy body cannot be separated from a healthy underlying spiritual life. The anxieties, fears and concerns about worldly matters and how to control the future is fundamentally a matter of not trusting God with our lives, but an attempt to take control by virtue of our own wisdom and understanding. To let go and find peace in God’s presence will also bring healthy bodies without stress and lots of rest in Him.