“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1
A few decades ago, this verse was popularized by one of those “health and wealth” television evangelists. Unfortunately, his focus was only on the first part of the verse but the key lies in the last five words: “even as thy soul prospereth”
Beloved - to use John’s term of endearment - how is your soul? We spend a lot of time focused on our health; our body. We exercise, research the latest trends, consider the most recent news on gluten, wheat and peanut allergies. We shower, do our hair and paint our faces. We make sure we have clean clothes and sometimes just the right shoes and jewelry. There is no denying that we spend a lot of time concentrating on the physical realm.
Another thing that takes the lime light in our lives is our finances. We go to work, or work at home. Many people do both. We pay our bills, clip coupons, go grocery shopping and contemplate just how to get that next sale in our Etsy shop. A huge portion of our day is undoubtedly and necessarily dedicated to money.
But how is our soul? If our physical health matched our spiritual health could we even stand up and walk out the door? Or would we be blind, crippled and malnourished? If our financial status equaled our spiritual status would we be on the streets searching for warm shelter? Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that God would have everyone to be rich and healthy. The Apostle Paul suffered physically and financially. We often go through difficult times in order to grow closer to God. But our Heavenly Father wants our soul to prosper.
The Bible is clear that God’s Word is to be paramount in our lives. Only then can our soul flourish and thrive the way that it should.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. Deutoronomy 6:5-9
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