Emotions and Health; January 10, 2018

Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

There are various passages in the Bible that speak of how interconnected we are emotionally and physically. Speaking of an illness as “psychosomatic” is often taken as a put-down, as in, “It’s all in your head.” However, that’s simply a fact of the human condition. Countless studies have shown that a person’s attitude and emotional state have a drastic impact on medical outcomes. That’s not to say the physical symptoms aren’t real. It is possible, through hypnosis, to give a person a very genuine burn by touching them with a cold object, if they have been told the object is extremely hot. This is why a doctor’s “bedside manner” is so important. If the patient feels, “This person cares about me and they know what they’re doing,” the probability of a good outcome is greatly increased. However, this principle applies far more broadly than specifically medical situation. As this verse says, what we see/perceive greatly affects our mood, and what we hear can affect our total well being. By extension we can see that this applies to faith. When we are convinced that God is not only omniscient and omnipotent, He loves us deeply and genuinely cares about every aspect of our lives, every part of our being is lifted up and strengthened. When we are shaky about who God is and who we are to Him, then the devil has a much easier time of robbing us of peace, joy, and even physical health.

We have just had a bit of a practicum in this. Events of recent weeks have taken their toll on us, but in the past two days we have interacted with various people who have expressed love, concern, and encouragement, and we have been lifted up in every way. The devil is without question a liar, and some of his lies have been exposed through the kindness and faithfulness of others. The lesson for us is not only to keep our eyes on Christ, (Hebrews 12:1-2) but also to be available as His instruments in blessing others in their times of need. We are to be bearers of good news that brings health! Even when circumstances seem horrible, we can always tell people of God’s love and faithfulness, and that is good news indeed.

Father, thank You indeed for the past two days, and for each person who was available to You as an instrument of blessing to us. We are greatly renewed. I do ask Your guidance and anointing for each of the things that need to be done today. May we have wisdom and presence of mind for each step, culminating in a genuinely blessed prayer time tonight, so that this church may be built up and Your name hallowed, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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