Proverbs 2:20-22 says, “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.”
God’s Word is life. I love how this verse tells us to incline our ears to God’s sayings. Jesus once said, “15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mathew 11:15). What are we hearing today? Are you hearing the grace of God or are you hearing the negativity of the world? There is something amazing that happens when we incline our ear towards God’s Word.
The Amplified Bible tells us, “…Keep them in the center of your heart.” (Proverbs 4:21). What is at the center of your heart? Are you allowing stress and anxiety to attach itself to you? Or are you allowing God’s Word to be your life? Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active…” When the Bible talks about the Word of God, there is a continuing theme of one thing, life.
When Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit He mentions an amazing fact about Him. John 14:26 tells us, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (NIV). What does the Holy Spirit do? He reminds us of God’s Word. Maybe you were close to God at an early age. As time has gone by, you haven’t been to Church in a while. The Holy Spirit will use those verses and Scriptures that you memorized and learned as a kid to help in this very moment. Remember the Holy Spirit is a comforter. When we go through suffering in this world, it is the Holy Spirit who reminds us of God’s Word.
My friend, not only is God’s word life for Salvation but it is also life for our body. Proverbs 2:22 is directly explaining how great God’s Word is. In this verse, King Solomon is telling his audience that God’s word is, “life…and health…” It is astounding how even the Bible can bring physical effects. Dr. Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon, says, “The majority of people confronted with even traumatic events remain disease-free. Stress increases your risk of developing disease, but it doesn’t mean that just because you are exposed to stressful events, you are going to get sick.”
It is when we allow the negative events of our life to stress us out. Thankfully, we do not have to allow this stress to attach itself to our minds. Instead allow the Holy Spirit to bring life to your mind through the Word of God. Put the Word of God in you when you don’t need it so that it will be there when you do need it. Remind yourself that because of the Cross we are now forgiven and made righteous. Continue to meditate on the finished work of Christ and keep it at the center of your heart.