I’m sitting outside on a sunny, cool Pennsylvania Saturday morning, the Rudy soundtrack and welcome-home birds filling the crisp air, reading Proverbs 9 when a breeze blew my page back to Proverbs 3. The subtitle of that chapter is “Wisdom Bestows Well-Being”. What a great chapter, with the famous verses 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” I love that promise. I try to make those kind of passages my prayers. “Lord, may I trust You with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding, may I submit to You in all my ways, believing that You will make my paths straight! I can bank on that.”
Verse 7 also has a promise. “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” When we harbor sin in our lives, refusing to address it, ignoring the Spirit that lovingly, yet insistently, calls out to our spirit for holiness, it can physically affect us! It’s not a punishment (that was taken care of at the cross!) but it’s a byproduct, a side effect, a consequence! Few people deny the effect the mind can hold over the body (We see something gross and it can turn our stomachs!) It is the same when we know we are not living as we are called to and we try to carry that weight ourselves. Bank on it.
|King Josiah remorseful|
-Jesus (John 15:4-8)
Today is the end of my one-week Social Media fast. I abstained from Twitter, Facebook, Instragram and this blog because every once in a while it’s good for me to step away from some things that I do, to remind myself why I do them. My last tweet was “I need Jesus more than Social Media. (and more than anything) But [I’m] taking a break from Social Media this week…” So this decision was not so much my replacing the time that I would have spent on Social Media with time at the feet of Jesus, because I don’t have a set hour, for example, that I tweet. Those times are too sporadic. I needed to reevaluate my approach. But oh the time that was freed up! 🙂