Daily Devotional: Day 223 |By Stephen Bilson-Ogoe
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, NKJV).
A healthy heart makes for a healthy life. Taking care of the heart is, therefore, a necessary duty. The Bible has much to say about that. Naturally, you know a lot of things about yourself. However, there’s still more you don’t know. No one knows us better than our Maker. He who created us knows everything about us and the things which are good for us. God is speaking to us today about the blessings of a joyful heart.
Before we continue, let’s note that when the Bible talks about “the heart,” it often means something deeper than just the physical organ (heart) located in our chest. It often refers to our inner, invisible self. However, what occurs in our inner self has implications for our physical body. Consequently, wellness begins with a sound inner self.
Joy is precious. It is a catalyst of wellness. Joy supports and sustains well-being. Therefore, everyone needs, not a little, but abundance of it. A joyful heart does good like medicine, says the Bible. This means a joyful heart is therapeutic; it promotes a healthy life. Joy creates a spiritual environment for your whole being to thrive. However, a broken spirit (a sad heart) is detrimental to our well-being. If, for any reason, you experience sorrow, it is important that you don’t let it linger and take control of your life.
A healthy life shouldn’t always mean swallowing toxic-laden pills with all their adverse side effects. When God’s Word says that a merry heart does good like medicine, let’s believe it. God created us. He knows every detail of every fiber of our being. When He says something is good for us, He means it.
The good news is, you don’t need a trip to the pharmacy to get a dose of joy. Why? The joy of the Lord is inside you. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). Jesus’ own joy has been given to you. You can, as a result, choose to live joyfully in the Lord for the rest of your life.
Let not your joy be based on fleeting pleasures. You don’t want your joy to fluctuate. You want it stable, grounded on the Word of God and the everlasting love of your Father. No one can stop the joy of the Lord from flowing in you. Rejoice in the Lord, your God, and keep the devil confused.
I want to leave you with the following blessing:
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). Amen.
For further study: Proverbs 15:13 and 1 Peter 1:1-9