Verse by Verse (#13)
Another in a series of monthly posts where I go through Proverbs a verse or two at a time and share the whispers of the Holy Spirit to my heart (click here for more verse by verse posts).
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones. –Proverbs 3:7-8
Following God has health benefits. Obviously, we know certain addictions (drugs, alcohol, smoking, food) can have a negative effect on our bodies, but every sin has the capacity to wreak havoc in body, soul, and spirit.
We tend to compartmentalize these things and think that this affects our spirit and that affects our body and so on, but God makes no distinction. When He redeems us, it’s our whole selves because He offers a powerful and whole gospel. Arrogance and being wise in our own eyes turns us away from knowing, fearing, and reverencing our God. It puts us in position that we may not be able to discern the evil that’s right in front of us so that we turn headlong into its clutches.
You younger men, likewise,be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. –1 Peter 5:5
It takes humility to listen to others, but in listening, we have access to grace that preserves, protects, and even heals. I have experienced this in my own life as I carried things improperly or handled stress badly. It took a toll on my emotions, physical body, relationships, and more. God, in His grace, points things out through that still, small voice or others or in reading His word. It is then we get the opportunity to repent and turn away from the evil so we can find refreshing for every part of us. His kindness leads us to that place and it’s a miracle that He performs in those moments.
I think sometimes we relegate the Bible to metaphors and don’t realize the heart of the Father is redemption, restoration, and wholeness. Through humility, honoring Him, embracing the good–we experience a higher and divine reality. He is exceedingly good!
What do you take away from these verses? I would love to hear your thoughts.