“Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts. An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” Proverbs 17:1-6
We live in a complex world with complex problems. Alan Surtees writes, “We live in a complex world, one filled with choices and opportunities and also with confusion and conflicting voices. It is a world that increasingly doesn’t know God and certainly doesn’t know how (or even believe it is possible) to communicate with God; a world where conspiring and confused men and women call evil good and good evil; a world where many have lost sight of values and don’t even believe a code of ethics is realistic anymore.” In fact, humans are complex beings. We have many different aspects, such as the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, or emotional aspects. And each of those aspects affects all the other ones.
For example, if a person is hungry, they may be unhappy and therefore sensitive. That is the physical affecting the emotional. As emotional beings, we can feel. And because of sin, we experience negative feelings that, if left unmanaged, can bother us, disturb our daily activities, and eventually destroy our lives. Recent research done by the University of Indonesia shows that 19% of young adults in Indonesia suffer from depression. Before the pandemic, it was only 3%. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 American adults lives with a mental illness. The World Health Organization says 1 in 4 people worldwide experience mental health issues.
Solomon writes,” Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22).
In his book, “Deadly Emotions,” Dr. Don Colbert explains how negative emotions impact our physical and mental health. They can lower our immune system and cause health problems. I also have seen how negative emotions affect our relationships with our spouses, children, friends, and even God. For example, people who have bitterness toward their fathers often have problems relating to their spouse and children and often have difficulty viewing God as their loving and caring Father God in heaven.
God wants us to have a healthy life, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. But because we still live in this fallen world, we can still suffer physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Thank God he cares for us. He sees us when we suffer. He understands our pain and struggles, and He shows us how to deal with them. He stretches out His hand to support and heal us, whether through medicine, counselors, applying biblical principles, or his miraculous works.
Psalm 30:11 – “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”
Pray for the healing of your heart and soul this morning. Pray for God to bring emotional strength to your mind today. Take time to praise God for spiritual health. Pray for God to turn your mourning into dancing all day today! Praise God for the mountain tops and trust Him in the valleys.