Trust in God I believe is the single most important key to our health. We can do all other aspects to be healthy but if we are filled with worry and fear our physical health will suffer. Some of the physical results from worry and fear can be:
So if we are eating all the right food, but we have digestive disorders, we can’t digest it properly and get the nutrition we need from our food. If we are eating good food to improve our immune system but we are filled with worry and fear, our immune system is depressed and we are more susceptible to disease.
Studies are also showing that spirituality can have an impact on our health and on the way we cope with disease (The role of Spirituality in Health Care)
The bible is very clear on this issue as well. We are continually admonished to trust in God and He will take care of us and Proverbs 17:22 confirms that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” We cannot worry and be happy at the same time. We must take the counsel given in God’s word to trust and seek Him first and everything we are worrying about will be taken care of.
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
Here Jesus is counselling us not to worry about the things of our life like where our food is going to come from or how we are going to dress. But we should seek after God’s kingdom first, and all these things shall be added unto us.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)
God promises that if we trust in Him and pray to Him that He will give us wisdom and guidance to make the right choices that will be good for our health but we need to be willing to listen and obey. God never asks His people to do things that will not be beneficial for them to do. His commands are always for our good. His desire and plan for us is “for good and not for evil” to give us a “hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Many times I have asked for God to direct me in a situation but He directs me in a different way to what I thought I should go. Me knowing better than God (not) continued in the path I thought best only to find out (surprise, surprise) that God was right all along.
God encourages us to “taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalms 34:8).
As we learn to trust God more and more day by day in the small matters of our life we will learn to trust Him with the bigger issues because we have tasted and seen that He is good, He is looking out for our good and longs to make us happy. He cares about the things that concern us “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you” (1Peter 5:7) and there is nothing that we cannot bring before Him. He longs for us to share with Him the things that concern us and trust Him to work them out on our behalf. It does not mean our path will be always easy but we can trust our Lord.
“He knows there are trials and dangers, and He deals with us plainly. He does not propose to take His people out of a world of sin and evil, but He points them to a never-failing refuge. His prayer for His disciples was, “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” “In the world,” He says, “ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 17:15, 16:33.” (STC p 22-23)
“It is not work that kills; it is worry. The only way to avoid worry is to take every trouble to Christ. Let us not look on the dark side. Let us cultivate cheerfulness of spirit”.—Lt 208, 1903.
“The psalmist says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Psalm 37:3. “Trust in the Lord.” Each day has its burdens, its cares and perplexities; and when we meet how ready we are to talk of our difficulties and trials. So many borrowed troubles intrude, so many fears are indulged, such a weight of anxiety is expressed, that one might suppose we had no pitying, loving Saviour ready to hear all our requests and to be to us a present help in every time of need.
Some are always fearing, and borrowing trouble. Every day they are surrounded with the tokens of God’s love; every day they are enjoying the bounties of His providence; but they overlook these present blessings. Their minds are continually dwelling upon something disagreeable which they fear may come; or some difficulty may really exist which, though small, blinds their eyes to the many things that demand gratitude. The difficulties they encounter, instead of driving them to God, the only source of their help, separate them from Him because they awaken unrest and repining.
Do we well to be thus unbelieving? Why should we be ungrateful and distrustful? Jesus is our friend; all heaven is interested in our welfare. We should not allow the perplexities and worries of everyday life to fret the mind and cloud the brow. If we do we shall always have something to vex and annoy. We should not indulge a solicitude that only frets and wears us, but does not help us to bear trials…
The Lord would have all His sons and daughters happy, peaceful, and obedient. Jesus says, “My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 14:27; 15:11.
Happiness that is sought from selfish motives, outside of the path of duty, is ill-balanced, fitful, and transitory; it passes away, and the soul is filled with loneliness and sorrow; but there is joy and satisfaction in the service of God; the Christian is not left to walk in uncertain paths; he is not left to vain regrets and disappointments. If we do not have the pleasures of this life we may still be joyful in looking to the life beyond.
But even here Christians may have the joy of communion with Christ; they may have the light of His love, the perpetual comfort of His presence. Every step in life may bring us closer to Jesus, may give us a deeper experience of His love, and may bring us one step nearer to the blessed home of peace. Then let us not cast away our confidence, but have firm assurance, firmer than ever before. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us,” and He will help us to the end. 1 Samuel 7:12. Let us look to the monumental pillars, reminders of what the Lord has done to comfort us and to save us from the hand of the destroyer. Let us keep fresh in our memory all the tender mercies that God has shown us,–the tears He has wiped away, the pains He has soothed, the anxieties removed, the fears dispelled, the wants supplied, the blessings bestowed,–thus strengthening ourselves for all that is before us through the remainder of our pilgrimage.” (STC p 121-125)
This weeks health challenge:
To memorise Proverbs 3:5-8 and ask for God’s Holy Spirit to help me to trust Him more and to listen more to His counsel when I pray for help.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.