God's Prescription for Good Health
“Keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity” (Proverbs 3:1b-2 NIV).
If there were a pill that promised to add years to your life, you’d probably pay a lot of money for it. But what if I told you that, as a Christian, you already have the key to a long life and that it’s free?
God has given all of the principles for health management in His Word, the Bible. The Bible is the owner’s manual for your body. As David says, “You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 TLB). And Deuteronomy 32:47 says, “These instructions are not empty words — they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land” (NLT). God says, “If you do what I tell you to do with your health, you will enjoy a long life.”
Our key verse today says, “Keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity” (Proverbs 3:1b-2 NIV).
What are some of those commands? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain” (Proverbs 3:5-10a NLT).
These verses highlight some factors that you probably don’t think about but that will keep you healthy: tranquility, trust in God, integrity, humility, and generosity. These things will cause your health to be better, because your physical health is influenced by your spiritual health.
Talk It Over
-- What does it mean to honor the Lord “with the best part of everything you produce”?
-- How might you need to adjust your priorities, schedule, or way of thinking so that you can better manage your spiritual health?
-- What other areas of life are influenced by your spiritual health?
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This devotional © 2017 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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