Hello, today my sister and I are doing a post together on Proverbs 14:30 and 34 which say:
“30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.”
“Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin condemns any people.”
A heart at peace. Something we all want; we all want peace, we don’t want to ever worry about anything. But if you’ve lived on this earth any amount of time you know that we cannot make our own peace. We may search and try to find something that will fill our hearts; something that may give us peace, but we never find it; that is because you will never find peace in this world.
So it may seem that we are out of luck; it may seem as though we will always live in this world with the worries of life and the troubles of guilt. But that is not so; because there has come a remedy, a peace, that is not from this earth. For God looked down upon this earth and He saw our desperate need; and He had mercy on us. He saw our sin, and instead of punishing us; He sent another who would come down to live perfectly and then atone for the sins of the world: He sent His son.
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, has come down to die as an atonement for us. Now if we trust in Jesus, God’s son, He will give us a peace we could never have found on our own. And He does not only give us peace, at the cross He gave us the right to be children of God, He gave us communion with God, He gave us righteousness.
When Solomon says “envy rots the bones” it makes me remember when David says His bones were rotting in Psalm 32:3 which says:
“When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.”
When David says “When I kept silent my bones wasted away” he is saying that when he did not repent of His sin and confess it to God his bones wasted away. Because of his sin and his guilt his physical body was wasting away. And when we have guilt and sin which we do not confess we can feel in it our bones. But when we do confess it and ask for forgiveness, Jesus will give us peace once more.
Verse 34 says that Righteousness exalts a nation, and sin condemns any people. This continues with the little theme that Righteousness is good, and sin is bad. Of course we all sin, so none of us are righteous. But even though we still sin, Jesus made us righteous.
2000 years ago, Jesus took away all the sin we’ve done, or ever will do. Jesus took the sin that we have done and will do, and He paid the price for is. He took on all the sin anyone in the world has ever done or ever will do. Jesus saved us from our punishment: death. He died in our place, as the perfect sacrifice and substitute.
Now, we truly do have a heart at peace. Because of what Jesus has done, we have been made righteous, and given a heart at peace. Praise God!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland