Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Proverbs 3: 7, 8

 

I don’t know about you, but there are plenty of days when my bones could use a little refreshing. This is especially true on those cold and rainy days when the aches and pains and the stiff joints that plague me too much of the time are extraordinarily noticeable. There is at least relief from this pain in the form of a few anti inflammatory pills, a little exercise, and getting on with the day. But when my bones are weary from carrying around the weight of life; that’s another matter. I can go to my personal medicine cabinet of life tricks and search through every corner, look at the labels on every bottle in there, and still not find an effective answer. The meds in that cabinet are of many different types. Some of them are labeled Job Success, Wealth, Activities, Fame and Notoriety, Power, Achievements, Relationships, Possessions, and Mind Numbing Agents. The pretty colors of the print and the minimal warnings on their labels don’t give any indication of just how far away from truth they can lead me and of just how addicting that they can become.

 

This is the point where God says that we need to consult elsewhere, get on-line and look up our symptoms; and seek some timeless advice from the Counselor. In plain words, the Lord says, “Why do you keep thinking that you know everything.” for it is in times of pain and weariness that Satan waits for us. He watches for these moments in our days when we are most vulnerable to listening to his whispers about how to solve our problems, and he always says something to the effect of, “You know the answer; go ahead, it will be alright; one time won’t hurt.” Evil is active in our world, it waits for us to provide it with the opportunity to divert us from God’s truth and away from our intimate relationship with the Lord.

 

God says that the answer to this risk is to hold Him in a place of reverence and focus our attention on Him. Fear doesn’t mean to be afraid of. Instead, it means to respect, to place first in our thinking. When we do this with God and His Word, evil is defeated. When we keep our eyes and our hearts focused on Christ, we can ingest deeply the healing medication that our souls require. The Lord heals our wounds and our pains, and He restores the spring to our steps. He strengthens us for this day’s challenges and He brings the refreshing sleep that we need to be restored for tomorrow.