Have you ever wished you were stronger and healthier? I have often looked at other people and wondered how they could be so healthy and fit. In this chapter of Proverbs we are given some secrets to good health.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will give health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:7,8
In a psychological study, it was discovered that people who displayed higher levels of egocentrism, or “wise in their own eyes” were actually more prone to depression, which has been shown to cause many internal health problems and osteoporosis, thus causing sickness and weak bones. Before modern medical studies were done, Solomon already had a cure for this condition. “Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Of course, this does not mean to be afraid of the Lord, but to have a reverent awe for Him, to respect Him. When you respect someone and have a reverent awe for them, doesn’t it make you trust them as well?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Recent medical research has shown that placing your trust in someone else decreases tendencies toward depression and therefore increases your physical health. Are you tired of having to rely on your own wisdom to face daily challenges? Do the struggles of daily life depress and sicken you? These passages have good news for you! You can place your trust completely in God and rely on His infinite wisdom.