Proverbs 3:7-8 indicate that our bodies don’t do well when we trust ourselves, that is, when we rely on our own understanding. Trusting God and purposely loving him in all that we do brings health to our soul and stability to our walk. Trusting our own understanding leads to a troubled spirit and to a lack of stability. This is not a magic formula. Loving God in every area of your life means an intentional awareness of loving him. Recall God’s instruction in Deuteronomy 6:5-6. A deep love for God is followed by God’s commands being woven into the heart.
Merely reciting God’s word will not keep you from being wise in your own eyes. The book of Judges is full of apostasy, because everyone was wise in his own eyes. But as you read Judges you will quickly realize that God was often talked about is if he were some sort of magic charm to protect personal interests. No, Proverbs is talking about much more than just saying God’s name when things get challenging.
Trusting God, fearing him and turning from evil brings peace to our minds and health to our bodies. Stress can indicate fear of man instead of fear of God. Let me add one qualifier here. Challenging situations can be stressful, but while there is stress in the situation, stress does not have dominate our minds.
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