In college, I studied to be an engineer. Then, for 16 years, I worked in corporate America as an engineer. Much of my training and experience is based on the foundations of math. Plugging in formulas and solving problems comes natural to me.
Formulas are nothing more than expressions of facts. For example, look at this simple formula: 1 + 2 = 3. It’s a fact. No matter how many times you “run the math,” one plus two will always equal three.
Formulas and mathematical expressions are consistent by all natural laws. Yet, when it comes to God, are there such things as spiritual formulas? Can I do A and B so that God can do C? I have heard it preached that “God is not a formula God.”
Yet, there are some promises of God that are based on conditions. Like a formula or mathematical expression, these conditions will lead to a result. For example, if you fully obey the Lord, you will be blessed (Deuteronomy 28). And, “… if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Why do I bring all this up? Good question. I want to share a “formula” promise I found in the Psalms that relates to our health, both natural and mental.
“Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The LORD rescues them in times of trouble. The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity and rescues them from their enemies. The LORD nurses them when they are sick and eases their pain and discomfort” (Psalms 41:1, 3).
When I first read that, it hit me as an opportunity for God to bless his people with healing, health and joy. “Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor.” You know, that’s what Jesus did when he was on earth; he was kind to the poor.
Happiness and joy have often been far from me because of panic attacks. Yet, helping the poor opens the door for God to bless me with peace and joy.
I encourage you to find ways to help the poor. Whether it’s an elderly home, a women’s shelter, an orphanage or a downtown mission, take time to help those in need. Or support a church-affiliated relief department. Ask God to show you how you can reach out.
Prayer: Father, you have promised that if I help the poor, you will, in turn, help me and heal me. Show me ways to be “kind to the poor,” and allow me to find new happiness and peace in the process.