There’s an intimate and complex connection between our hearts and bodies. Remember – God’s Word reminds us that our hearts contain emotions, values, goals, desires – the “sum total of who we are.” And, Solomon said it so well: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” This is the only time the word medicine is used in the Old Testament.
One’s “peace of mind” directly affects our ability to maintain a life of wellness. Conversely, a “troubled mind” makes it difficult, if not impossible, to be healthy, and beyond that, to regain our health once we lose it. The most important lesson for us to learn from this verse is that “God is in control.” Whatever is, is a gift from Him to us and He is somewhere “in” that gift. He is at work in our lives shaping us to into His image. We must always remember that He will never leave or forsake us.
Prayer: Lord, life is difficult. Sickness comes, doubts arise, suffering hurts. Grant us strength, peace and hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.