Main Verse - “A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2 NIV
One of my kids was having stomach issues earlier this year. The doctor said try eliminating wheat and gluten from her diet and giving her probiotic drinks to help alleviate the ailments.
I remember one night she complained about her stomach hurting. I asked, did you drink water today? Yes, but only a little. Did you eat bread or crackers? Yes, goldfish and a sandwich. Did you drink your yogurt drink? No.
So then I say, “tomorrow, we’ll have to change those answers.” To which she responds, “I don't want to.” Then I answered, “well, then I guess you’ll have a stomach ache tomorrow too.”
Are there medicines I can give her? Sure, but they’ll only help the symptoms, not the problem. Her habits were my goal to change, not just the aches.
Reading the Word of God is the same way. What we ingest, is what will come out. When we suffer aches and pains of life, we can be strengthened and cleansed by the word of God. We receive the full benefit when putting them into practice and applying them in our everyday lives, not just by reading it.
When we don't take time to read, meditate on, and dig deep into Scripture, we will be like my daughter, refuse to help our problems. Unlike stomach problems, heart problems are usually the culprit, like pride, jealousy, insecurity, etc. The problem isn't our trials or circumstances, because those are guaranteed. You can't eliminate trials. But you can alleviate them. You can ingest God’s truth to combat the underlying heart issues.
“Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] more will be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.” Luke 8:18 AMPC
Be careful what is influencing you. Christ is the light that will illuminate God’s truth and it will also expose the darkness of our hearts. Like how certain foods my daughter ingested resulted in stomach aches, certain things we ingest can give us “soul”aches.
Having “soul” aches lately? Take time to read Scripture and spend time in conversation with God. Start by praying this verse into your life, “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;” Psalm 26:2 NIV. Then, do an elimination diet, cutting out what you know isn’t nourishing to your soul and supplementing what is better for you.
Post written by: Samantha DeLeon
Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children