A Content Heart
Posted: Wednesday, May 8
1 Samuel 2:22-4:22
Verse of the Day:
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30)
It seems like everywhere I look these days; I see yet another advertisement for the newest health care trend. It could be an exercise regimen or a meal plan or a diet supplement, but all of them have the same thing in common. They all claim that they are able to give you the best version of you.
Now that might sound really appealing to some and taking care of your physical body is very important. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, so it is our responsibility to care for them. But the nugget that is key from today’s Proverb is this; we will find a healthy body when our hearts find peace. So, in a world of competition and “keeping up with the Jones’”, how do we achieve that?
Philippians 4:6-9 provides us with a great recipe for finding peace in our lives. In verse 6, Paul writes not to worry, but instead to pray. See when we worry about things, we are looking inward, but when we pray, we are looking upward. It’s a directional change in our thought-life, which is directly related to the condition of our heart. In verse 8, Paul says, ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” And he wraps it all up in verse 9, when he says that when we’ve done all these things, God’s peace will be with us.
There it is; the secret to health. Not a 30-day meal plan or workout routine. The peace of God. It still takes intentionality, just like all the worldly fitness plans do. Thinking God’s way doesn’t always come naturally or easily, but I think you will find that God’s peace will provide you with the long-term benefits that you’re looking for and give you the best version of you.