Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
This week’s devotion is timely with Halloween only being a couple days away. I hope this devotion gives you something to think about each time you go for some of that junk food. Let’s top up our coffees and get into it so you can see what I mean.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Junk food. Don’t you just love junk food? Candies, salty chips, pastries, fried foods. I don’t know one person that doesn’t have a weakness for some sort of junk food. For me it’s salt & vinegar potato chips.
When faced with junk food or a healthy food, even if we don’t choose the junk food, we certainly have a time of temptation in denying that junk food and begrudgingly choosing the healthy food. Why is this? We know in our rational thinking that the healthy food will build up our bodies and nourish them to be the best functioning bodies we could have, and we also know that junk food, although it tastes good at intake, doesn’t really provide anything beneficial to our bodies. In fact, there is nothing beneficial about it. It only adds excess weight and contributes to an unhealthy, ill functioning body. Yet, we crave this thing that is so detrimental to us, and so easily dismiss the thing that is so good for us.
Well, have you ever thought about arrogance like processed junk food whereas humility is like the most healthiest, nutrient-filled natural food? To be honest, I hadn’t until Solomon confronted me with these two little verses as stated above. Yet, it is so true. God desires ours bodies with their physical, emotional and psychological dimensions to be strong and healthy. Each aspect is directly connected to the other. Our overall health of body, mind, and soul is dependent upon the choices we make with regards to our food, actions and attitude.
Therefore, thinking wiser of yourself- i.e. arrogance, considering yourself better than the next person, or diminishing a person for the sake of building yourself up- is like feasting on junk food. Sure it may feel good at the time of intake but it certainly does not add, but diminishes, to your healthy and well-being, not to mention the overall health of the Body of Christ. In most cases, you walk away from the indulgence with regret, aloneness and a sense of alienation and guilt which sucks the health from your bones.
Whereas fearing the Lord and shunning evil which is summed up nicely in Micah 6:8 –To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God– is like feasting on healthy food. Turning aside from the desire to puff ourselves up and choosing to be humble and just is the same for our bodies and well-being as turning aside the junk food and choosing the healthy food. In so doing, we have nourished our soul and built up our relationships with both God and man which exudes a sense of peace and joy which feeds our selves with the best of Godly nutrients.
Therefore, next time you desire to dive into that junk food or puffing yourself up, take a step back and say a prayer that God will give you the strength to overcome the such temptation and to do what is best in his eyes so that you can be and have the healthiest body possible.
Prayer: Dear Lord, it is so easy to think of myself better than I am, or to puff myself up. Yet, it can be so difficult at times to be humble. Help me to choose humility over arrogance and attention. Help me not to be envious and to try to one-up others. Help me to live justly, to be merciful, and to walk humbly with you and all the people you set along my daily path. Help me to be healthy and strong in body, mind and soul. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!