Day 9

Health and Happiness

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 3:13-18, Proverbs 4:20-22, Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 28:14

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

God created our bodies and cares about both our hearts and our health. Scripture tells us that followers of Jesus will have glorified bodies in eternity, where there will be no more sadness, death, or pain—only joy, life, and wholeness. Right now, though, we live in a fallen world where our joy is often quelled and our bodies break. These proverbs help us to live in light of the eternal comfort that awaits.

Reflection Questions:

These proverbs connect our well-being to our spiritual health. What are some reasons we should pursue physical and emotional health? 

In light of Proverbs 3:13–18, define godly happiness in your own words.

How would you explain the connection between wise counsel and “health to one’s whole body” (Proverbs 4:22)? Conversely, how can something like envy contribute to poor health? 

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46 thoughts on "Health and Happiness"

  1. Qua Taylor says:

    Reasons we should pursue physical health is because it is important to take care of the the eartly body that God has given us. One reasons we should pursue emotional health is so that we can maintain healthy relationships in our lives. Godly happiness is when you can have peace and happiness despite the trials and tribulations that you are going through. Pursuing wise counsel helps us with our struggles which in turn helps us manage areas of our health such as, stress and anxiety. Envy can contribute to poor health because it can lead to anger and bitterness. Anger and bitterness can lead to depression or a calloused heart.

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  3. Ilse Olson says:

    I have seen jealousy literally rot away at a loved one in almost every area of her life. It’s been going on for over 20 years & she has now become estranged from her family who love her. She has also turned to alcohol and work to help numb the pain. Jealousy can become a deep seated root that can overtake a persons entire being…mostly the heart & mind, which gets to be a very scary place for that person.

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