Clenched Teeth or Refreshed Bones?

Clenched Teeth or Refreshment Boy swinging over lake

Clenched Teeth or Refreshed Bones?

 I am so thankful for the Scripture I was required to memorize as a child. Yet how much we miss by memorizing tiny portions of Scripture and not going back and reviewing the context. Here is a little larger portion of the context of Proverbs 3:5-6 that we usually memorize or remember:

 Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 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.

Leaning to our own understanding…gritting our teeth and doing the very best we know how to do…acting from the gut or instinct (or even from our experience) can wear us thin…wear us to the bone.

Every fiber of our being, every muscle in our body tenses up repeatedly and leaves us feeling dried up and worn down.

Maybe you are living in blatant sin or perhaps you are trying to do things well and right but doing it your own way. Either way, we strain our muscles, our emotions, our brains, our relationships. Even the skin on our body feels tense, dry and worn out. Kind of like when you have a virus…everything hurts. I have been known to exaggerate my plight, in an attempt to paint a picture of how badly I feel all over, “even my hair hurts”.

Proverbs 3:5-8 gives us a remedy. If you have been a Christian very long, you know 3:5-6. You have likely heard 3:7-8 but…it doesn’t rise to the surface nearly as often, does it?

 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.

 Basically, these verses affirm the prior two verses and promise a much-needed outcome.

Isn’t this exactly what you want for your beyond-exhausted, soul weary, worn-through body, mind and spirit?

We need refreshment…and not the kind that comes from our man-made solutions…the ones that often drain us even more. Like you, I want refreshment that truly revives. I need a well that gives living water. I need a source that I can come to at any time of day or night. The One who always…always knows the path I should take. The One who is ready and waiting to forgive me when I take things back into my own hands and Who is anxious to recalibrate my path for the best result.

Tired of trying to figure things out and fix them? Exhausted with shooting blindly for the solution? Emotionally wiped out from the tension of believing you have finally managed to “get through” and then collapsing because you realize you haven’t?

Even the long wait for change can be less excruciating when we are depending on His timing. Trusting Him means the rocky crags, shadowy valleys and adversaries that leap at us along the way are less traumatic because our fear and doubt are less protracted. This path we have taken…it has been His path…His leading…His way. So we can fully trust that the detours and the injuries were allowed for our good and His glory.

Praise will be more a part of our lives, rather than piling blame on ourselves and others for their “terrible” advice and our poor decisions.

Life pulls together in a way that allows us to rest more (unclench our teeth)… even during the awfulness of the maze we might be in during this season. Our bones can be refreshed, as we learn to trust Him…more and more.

Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Clenched Teeth or Refreshed Bones?

  1. clvoigtaolcom says:

    Thank you. Very good.

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