“My son, do not forget My law, but let your heart keep My commands; for length of days and long life and peace will they add to you.” Proverbs 3:1-2
It is God’s will for you to live a long and healthy life. However, you, not God, are in control over just how long and just how healthy your life will be. Did you know that by putting God’s Word in your heart that you can actually lengthen your life span?
A misunderstanding of Hebrews 9:27 has led many to believe that God has appointed a specific day in which people will die and that no one can live any longer past that date. However, a closer look at this and other scriptures reveals that this is not true. Hebrews 9:27 does not say that God has appointed a specific day in which you and I will die. It says that God as appointed that all men will die and then face His judgment.
Living a long and healthy life is just one of the many benefits of obeying God’s Word. Here in Proverbs 3:1-2 we find three keys to adding days to our life. First, He says, “My son.” The promise of a long and healthy life does not belong to the unbeliever, but only to those who have been born again.
Secondly, He says, “FORGET NOT My Law.” In other words, you must actively place your faith in God’s promises of health and long life in order to walk in them. After all, how can one believe God for a promise that they do not even know He is offering? Faith begins where the will of God is known.
Lastly, He says, “Let your HEART keep My commands.” Here we not only see the importance of obeying God’s Word, but the importance of obeying it from the HEART. Before one can obey from the heart, God’s Word must first be in there. In Colossians 3:16 God commands, “Let the Word of Christ DWELL IN YOU richly…” Putting God’s Word in your heart is not something that God will do for you. It requires discipline, focus and dedication.
Deuteronomy 6:24 tells us that God’s commandments are given for our good to keep us alive and healthy. God is not anti-fun, He is anti-pain. “And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, FOR OUR GOOD ALWAYS, that He might preserve us ALIVE.”
So how does one put the Word of God in their heart? The answer is found in Joshua 1:8 which says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall MEDITATE in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.” Meditation is the process by which God’s Word is engrafted into your heart. We meditate on God’s Word by reading it, thinking about it, talking about it, confessing it to ourselves, singing about it and listening to others talk or sing about it.
Proverbs 4:20-22 tells us that putting God’s Word in our heart will not only keep us out of sin, but it will also keep us out of sickness. “My son, give attention to My Words; incline your ear to My sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; KEEP THEM IN THE MIDST OF YOUR HEART; for they are LIFE (long life) to those who find them, and HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH.”
Confession: As a child of God through Christ Jesus, God has promised me a long and healthy life. I place my faith in these promises and dedicate myself to hiding His healing Word in my heart.