True Health and Happiness – Lecture #10
In Hebrews 9: 27 it says: “Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God”. These days, many would like to change that verse to something like “everyone but me must die or everyone who doesn’t eat right or take their medicine must die…”. But Paul’s words are God’s words and God says we all must die even those who live right.
The Bible doesn’t promote a morbid obsession with death. It remind us to be honest about the inevitable (Memento Mori). The wise and the elderly remember the brevity of life. Exercise and eating right will probably increase our quality of life. Modern medicine may grant us a few more heartbeats. But the best way to live is to be honest about what’s most important.
The constant worry of many today about illness, pandemics, loss of income, set backs from unforeseen natural disaster, is an obsession which takes away from life even that little material happiness which good health and proper living can bring. As a result, modern man lives with the heavy yoke of fear around his neck.
This is the bitter fruit of living without God. If the spiritual, everlasting part of our makeup i.e. the soul, was wearing the crown of existence we would not tremble as we do. The body is perishable, temporary and always complains about discomfort. I feel bad says the body! I believe this too shall pass says the soul.
Let us trust our faith and not our feelings. Living in the spirit is not easy in a culture that is concerned and anxious only about giving joy and pleasure to the body. But with help from the Lord the weak becomes strong, the fearful become heroic and the self-serving, becomes charitable in service to others.
By putting God first, it becomes easier to remove the emotional and spiritual burdens that weigh us down.
Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble or be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9
SK, Wendell JeanPierre,