heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 KJV)
Master, these are the conditions in which people live,
and yes, in these very conditions my spirit is still alive—
fully recovered with a fresh infusion of life!
It seems it was good for me
to go through all those troubles.
Throughout them all you
held tight to my lifeline.
You never let me tumble over the edge into nothing.
But my sins you let go of,
threw them over your shoulder—good
The dead don’t thank you,
and choirs don’t sing praises from the morgue.
Those buried six feet under
don’t witness to your faithful ways.
It’s the living—live men, live women—who thank you ((Isaiah 38:17)
Have you ever put a connection between sadness, disappointment or negative life circumstances, and arthritis? As I have gotten older some of these “dry bones” symptoms have started
to creep in. I feel God is revealing to me the cause of this debilitating infirmity and its prevalence on the earth. God does not wish His saints to suffer physically so He wants to rid us of this plight.
Here in this first passage we see that a broken spirit dries the bones.
This “victim mentality” that we hold on to is what causes the problem, not the brokenness itself. We have all experienced negative situations, losses, disappointments; anger and bitterness just to name a few. We feel we have a
right to be bitterness, after all we were victimized! However, this second passage shows us what is available to counteract these painful situations. God gave us the chance to overcome the enemy and forgave us forgave us of the sins we committed
in our frustration. We will never be overcomers unless we have something to overcome, but the promise to the overcomer is the Kingdom of God and life free of pain forever. Now that sounds much better than suffering the pain caused by our bitterness.
God always gives us a choice. We
can choose to have a merry heart and live the life of the overcomer, or we can choose to hang onto our offenses and live in agony and a shortened life.
It is not
easy to be an overcomer. Jesus was our example. He overcame death for us so that we could live an overcoming life. The peace and freedom we experience far exceeds the torture and pain of our bitterness. No one can take it from you.
You must be willing to lay it down to gain the reward of freedom from pain.7:2