7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8 (ESV)
- Divine Prescription Number One: Trust God over our own understanding.
- Divine Prescription Number Two: Fear (Reverence) the Lord.
- Divine Prescription Number Three: Turn from evil.
The Bible tells us here that these three divine prescriptions will be healing to our flesh and refreshment to our bones.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:3-5 (ESV)
- Divine Prescription Number Four: Repentance
It is important that we acknowledge our sins, transgressions, and iniquities. Sin is missing the mark; you don’t want to sin, but as humans we do miss the mark. Transgression is an open rebellion against God; we know that what we are doing is wrong, but we do it anyway. Iniquity is the evil that remains as the consequences for our sins and transgressions. David was in physical pain; he was feeling a great deal of oppression and had very little strength or energy. This was the direct result of his sin, transgression, and iniquity. The spiritual prescription was repentance. James also tells us, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:16 (ESV)
- Divine Prescription Number Five: Obedience to God.
And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, 26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Exodus 15:25-26 (ESV)
My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:20-27 (ESV)
- Divine Prescription Number Six: Pay attention to God’s Word.
- Divine Prescription Number Seven: Take care of your heart.
- Divine Prescription Number Eight: Watch your mouth; stay away from crooked talk
- Divine Prescription Number Nine: Guard what your eyes see; look straight forward. Job said that he made a covenant with his eyes (Job 31:1).
- Divine Prescription Number Ten: Watch where you are going; pay attention to your path.
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:6-11 (ESV)
- Divine Prescription Number Eleven: Ministering to Others.
- Divine Prescription Number Twelve: Peace and Joy
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh… Proverbs 14:30a (ESV)
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones. Proverbs 15:30 (ESV)
“A joyful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22a (ESV) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Divine Prescription Number Thirteen: Fulfilled Desires; but we must make sure that we know God’s will, those are the desires He will fulfill.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (ESV) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Divine Prescription Number fifteen: Gracious words
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body. proverbs 16:24 (ESV)