Thursday, January 16, 2014
Don't Worry, Become Healthier
In review of Isaiah 43:2 it says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”
When you pass through deep waters, God will be with you and your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
What this means to me:
God is telling me that when I walk closely with Him that even though I may go through some deep waters of difficulty, my troubles will not overwhelm me or cause me to drown. Because he is with me, He promises to see me through it and these hard trials will not hurt me. So I have three basic choices when it comes to stress in my life: I can worry, I can just ignore my stress, or I can relax and trust God. I won’t be able to trust in God and worry at the same time. That’s not just good spiritual wisdom from the Lord; it’s great wisdom for my health as well. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:30 that a heart at peace is a healthy heart: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (NIV). It’s not just what I eat that will destroy my health, it’s more about what I let eats at me! I can have the best health plan around, eat healthy and properly portioned amounts, but if I have resentment or worry about tomorrow, my health will suffer. Worry is much like a poison or a fire. It can burn me up inside. The good news is that I don’t have to worry. Worry is something I can control because the One who holds my future will walk with me through it. This notion is just as important as any diet or exercise plan I may have for this year. Today I will consider what particular areas in my life are struggling me to trust God, causing me unneeded worry.
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