Father God Knows Best

September 13, 2020
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Proverbs 17:22 – A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit drains one's strength. (ISV)

I could hear the giggles of my friends, my confidantes, my extended family from across the parking lot as I approached our favourite outdoor café. They were discussing a newly published article about how spending time with good friends decreases depression, boosts one's immune system, and de-stresses, according to The Office of Women's Health US. We are all agreed that these get-togethers leave us in high spirits, and have done so ever since childhood when our first tea parties began. Today, as busy mothers and grandmothers, we have established that girl-time as a top priority!

One friend, I'll call her Sharon, believes, as many millennials do, that Christianity is outdated and not applicable to today's world.

Judy, a Bible study leader, asked in a non-threatening way if any of us knew when "A joyful heart is good medicine" was written. While we were all familiar with the verse, no one knew a date. To everyone's surprise, she replied, "In 900 BC." God inspired King Solomon to write this prescription in the Book of Wisdom (Proverbs), and science confirmed it 2,916 years later. Researchers proved that laughter releases endorphins that produce a sense of well being. Conclusion: "Father God does know best."

Sharon was fascinated, so it seemed the perfect time to continue. Judy went on, saying that the verse ends with this warning: "But a broken spirit drains one's strength." Science confirmed this truth at the Australian Spinal Research Foundation in 2016. Their studies proved that elevated cortisol is the dominant player in chronic stress. It is the leading cause of osteoporosis, digestive problems, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and so on. Suddenly, the Bible seemed a lot more relevant and not at all outdated! After all, who knows our bodies and their needs better than their Creator and Father, God!

Sharon confessed that she had never really spent much time reading Scripture. She was shocked when someone added that the theme for the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, published in 1939, was based on biblical wisdom. "One day at a time" confirmed another of God's prescriptions written in 62 AD. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) Living proof that, yes, "Our Father God knows best!"

As our lunch came to an end, we all agreed that "A joyful heart is good medicine," and definitely not a hard pill to swallow.

Prayer: Loving God, please grant us health and peace of mind. Give us the strength and clarity of mind to fulfill our purpose. May we walk the path that You've laid out for us with a cheerful heart. Thank You for this day. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Lois!


    A good reminder, Lois.


    Lois, enjoyed your story today!


    Great message. Thanks be to God.


    Thanks, Lois. Good advice for today.


    Great story and so true, Lois! God bless!


    Dear Lois
    What an awesome devotional you have given us today; a wonderful prescription! Thanks.


    Good morning Lois,
    A great devotional as you always write. Very encouraging and full of knowledge and wisdom. Thank you for sharing and for also that your friends are spreading the Word. May you have a blessed and joyful day.


    Father God Knows Best – a friend sent this to me today. Thank you for sharing this. This gave confirmation to me that the things I had been led by Holy Spirit to share with him were in line biblically.
    God bless you.


    Thanks for a thoughtful devotional, Lois. By the way, it is called the ‘Big Book of AA,’ – the current edition is actually blue and that first one was yellow and red). Not that it’s all that important what color this inspired, and wonderfully healing writing is – it’s the words that count, as you so clearly point out. Actually, the steps lead the reader to God and to a committed Christian life, forgoing addictions of any sort, forever! Thanks for the good reminder.


    Greetings Lois,
    Thanks for writing today’s devotional and reminding us how the Lord really wants us to find joy in our life and thus the words ” laughter is good medicine”. It is so true that a good round of laughter is very uplifting to our spirits. With the situation in our world right now it is important that we focus on some happy events and share the Lord’s word to uplift those who are feeling so disheartened.
    Blessings for the writings you do.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Lois:
    Thanks for your timely message to mothers, grandmothers, and single women. Many of us live alone and have no transportation. Our children and grandchildren live far away. We have friends we meet with several times a year to plan for the World Day of Prayer, held the first Friday in March. The rest of the year we don’t see them. Yesterday one lady who used to drive me to our planning meetings, phoned me, just to ask how I am. What a sweet meeting we had on the phone! Our health, joy and vigor grow when reading a study bible and the footnotes and cross references.
    I am glad you wrote about research by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation in 2016 confirming the truths taught long ago in the Bible.


    Fascinating, with so many good insights.
    Thank you.


    Thank you, Lois, for bringing this scripture to my attention as I am moving and finding the pressure of it all is tending to make me anxious. Right now, I am turning everything over to HIM AND EXCHANGING it for his peace.


    Hi Lois,
    What a great message and a lovely testimony of how God’s Word is applicable to us yesterday, today, and forevermore!
    Blessings.

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