Proverbs 3:5-8; Finding healing and refreshment

In these verses Solomon asks us to consider the spiritual component of a healthy body and “refreshed bones”.  While he could not have had an understanding of how modern preventative and acute care medicine would come to play a significant role in the wellness process, the spiritual principles he shares are timeless and just as applicable today.  We could argue that these principles are even more applicable today as we tend to see things mostly mechanistically now and lose sight of the wellness component that requires spiritual commitment.  Verse 8 says, “it” will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.  The “it” is found in the preceding verses (5-7).  Trusting in the Lord, not leaning on one’s own understanding, acknowledging God in all our activities, realizing our insight is limited and in need of God’s insight and fearing the Lord are activities that make us healthier.  How?  In each of these action points, we are being asked to temper our impulses, compulsions and ignorance with patience and counsel.  This can lead to less stress, less risky behaviors which can create mental and emotional balance and a “straight way” (verse 6).  Health and refreshment follow.  We can meet God in this way through faith in His son and through meditation on and applying His word.


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