The Importance of Knowledge
My people will perish from a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6a
The truth will set you free. John 8:32b
One way I believe God’s people perish from a lack of knowledge is with their health.
I see this all the time and it breaks my heart. People of all sorts come in to the office with various symptoms that are hindering them from living life to the fullest. When people are in pain, not sleeping at night, or their digestive system is not working well, etc., they are irritable, more emotional, and at times no the most pleasant people to be around. But what I love to see is the transformation that takes place over time as their body starts to heal. This beautiful person unfolds and we then see them as they truly are. They have hope again, and a life and vibrancy in them that was not there before.
Jesus said He came so that we would have life and life to the fullest in John 10:10.
The word “life” used here comes from the Greek word, ‘zoé ’ which has a much deeper meaning than just being alive.
If you look it up, it is described as emphatically, and in the Messianic sense, to enjoy real life, to have true life and worthy of the name – active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God.
God didn’t put us on this Earth to just exist. We were made for a purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 says:
‘For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans for good and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope.’
That life seems like a fairy tale to so many people; especially those who have been sick for years with no answers, or those just dealing with pain day in and day out, or those whose health is spiraling out of control.
Could it be some of this “perishing” is from a lack of knowledge?
The knowledge that the lifestyle we are living is what is making us sick without even knowing it. The knowledge that our food has been altered from the way God originally made it and is filled with chemicals known to be toxic. The knowledge that exercise is an essential nutrient the body needs each and every day. The knowledge that the way we think has huge implications to our health.
When patients first come in to see me, they usually have no idea how their lifestyle is affecting their symptoms. Yes, they know their diet isn’t perfect, and they typically have too much stress, and they don’t get enough exercise all the time, but do they know what they’re missing out on because of it?
A life where you have plenty of energy, where you wake up in the morning feeling rested, living pain-free, and free to focus on the more important things in life.
Our new patients are usually at a breaking point, where something needs to change soon or their life is going to spiral downhill. I see them look at me and they are usually somewhat skeptical, but still have this hope that I might be able to help them.
When I look at them, I see the potential vibrant life that is in them. I think it is a gift God has given me, where I can see this healthier version of what is in front of me. I truly want that life for everybody. I get excited for people, just knowing what is to come for them. Just imagine what this world would be like if every Christian was living out their God-given potential, not hindered by all sorts of health problems because of poor lifestyle habits.
After doing an analysis to make sure the patient truly is a nutrition case or a chiropractic case, I not only give them the care that they need, but also the knowledge that they need to get their health back.
Sometimes that is changing diet, sometimes it’s doing some exercises, avoiding certain things or going to another professional.
The bible says in Proverbs that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. So no matter what anybody (including myself) recommends, ultimately it is our job as Christians to be asking God what He wants us to do. And that will always be the right thing to do. There is so much peace in life like that.
We can drive ourselves crazy trying to live the perfect healthy lifestyle, because it is nearly impossible. But, if we are seeking God’s wisdom on what to do in our daily lives, and being submitted to Him, there is a peace and joy in that.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7
I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. Prov. 20:15
I pray that you will have the knowledge you need to obtain a zoé life, and to live life to the fullest.