Life indeed is much more than food. The idea is not mine originally. Jesus says this in Matthew 6:25 about why we should not worry regarding our food and clothing.
We are concerned with our basic needs to the point that they become our driving force as to why we need to work and why we want to become successful. There are times, however, when we become too focused on the kind of foods we eat, especially when our health is at stake. But, rarely are we reminded or taught that our health is not only dependent on the food we consume but also on our thought life. What we think and how we feel affect our overall being.
“A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”– Proverbs 17:22 (WEB)
A peaceful heart is life to the body. Being at peace contributes to a healthier mindset and body. While it does not imply that having peace makes us immune from sicknesses, it does affect our health positively. Science explains how being happy can greatly improve one’s health. Before science studied on that, the Bible already teaches it. How excellent is the Word of God. His Word is full of wisdom. God teaches us that what we need to live healthy is not onlt food but also a happy heart. And a happy heart can only happen when we have peace within us.
The opposite occurs when our heart is full of envy. When we start comparing our life and our achievements with that of others and we start to think they have better and happier lives, we are dangerously falling in the precipice of envy. Our heart harbors discontent. Then we start to feel that our life is not the kind we want. We become ungrateful. We turn into a bitter and unhappy person. It can happen. It happens. It does when our heart is not at peace. This, too affects our well-being but in a negative way.
“The life of the body is a heart at peace, but envy rots the bones.”– Proverbs 14:30 (WEB)
If we commit our life to God and surrender every cares we have, He replaced our worry with peace. When we look to God and keep our eyes on Him alone, He protects us from being envious of others and His peace fill our heart. In the end, this too boils down to how obeying God brings favor and health in our life!
The road of obedience to God may be bumpy and narrow but it brings greater blessings. Let us choose to stick with God.