Psalm 42:5 -Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation.
My husband and I drove our neighbor to a local gym. She is an elderly lady, and based on advice from her physician, she is trying to get into the best shape she can be at this given stage in her life. Her inability to move freely due to stiffness from arthritis, is beginning to interfere with everyday life. She enrolled in a series of classes that promote health for senior citizens. One of which is flexibility with gentle stretching and movements. She is hopeful that her health will improve over time with these classes. “I’m old on the outside, but still a young girl on the inside,” she laughed.
Her soul is healthy, but her flesh is waning with time. Aging is a natural occurrence and if we’re fortunate we all get to that point. Successful aging in place would be the proper term, I guess. But what about your soul? Is it healthy? Is it vibrant? Let me say this, I could think of no other worse scenario than an unhealthy soul!
An unhealthy soul is lacking in faith, lacking in belief, and lacking in the power of our Omnipotent God. An unhealthy soul is filled with doubt and doesn’t trust or turn to the LORD in all things. And an unhealthy soul will surely perish if it doesn’t aspire to become acquainted with Jesus Christ, and all that comes with knowing and loving Him, and accepting Him in their heart as Lord and Savior.
What are just a few of the signs one might experience from an unhealthy soul?
- Fear and Anxiety – When we are aligned with God’s Word we don’t experience this kind of angst. 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
- Unforgiving Naure – When we don’t forgive, God our Father will not forgive us. Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
- Lacking Compassion – When we don’t offer compassion to our brothers and sisters, God is unlikely to be pleased. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4– “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
- “Inability to offer love to others: Ephesians 5:2– “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”
Like any disease a soul that is unhealthy spreads into all areas of our lives. It will impact those we love, those we encounter, and it will undoubtedly affect their own salvation. Jesus warns us not to fear those who can kill the body, but to fear Him who can destroy both body and soul (Matthew10:28).
An unhealthy soul is in dire need of help, and the only One that can heal a soul, and promote health and purpose and a propensity to thrive all the days on earth, is the LORD.
It’s one thing to take care of your body, eat right, exercise and do all things your doctor may or may not advise. But it’s an entirely different ballgame when your soul is unhealthy. An unhealthy soul can or will perish in a fiery explosion. But a healthy soul WILL lead to eternal bliss and a path that leads straight to the LORD’s door!
Have you checked in on your soul lately? How is it feeling?
“Father, thank You for providing me with the wisdom and ability to know You, and meditate on Your Word and will for my life, may I always be in compliance with Your will and purpose in all I ever do or say, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”