The majority of American adults believe in God. Did you know there is a link between faith (in God) and health? We as Christians may not be surprised by this; after all, we know that having faith in God eases us of the burdens of everyday life. And, as Christians, our faith in God is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean that we won’t have struggles or hardships or even sickness. It means that there’s something about trusting in God that helps us to overcome life’s struggles.
Trusting in God gives us hope. The bible says in Psalm 71:5 (NKJV), “For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.” Trusting in God gives us strength. The bible says in Isaiah 26:4 (NKJV), “Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” Trusting in God also gives us peace. According to Isaiah 26:3 (ESV), “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” It’s wonderful having faith in a God who is all-powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient), unchangeable (immutable) and everywhere (omnipresent)!
It is well documented that faith in God has a profound influence on our health and well-being. It has been shown that those patients who have faith in God show better mental health outcomes compared to those who do not. Faith in God helps to relieve stress; faith in God helps to relieve blood pressure; faith in God and prayer helps patients who have had heart bypass surgery and cancer. Faith in God helps patients to heal. It has been shown that patients who have faith in God have better overall health outcomes. But there’s more. Faith in God can have an even bigger effect – it can help you live longer!
Since faith in God has so many benefits, we must also consider the positive attitude that should accompany our faith. I’ve often heard that you wear your burdens and troubles on your face. Have you ever heard that? It is often said, “What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.” Thinking along the lines of a positive attitude, the bible says in Proverbs 17:22 (KJV), “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”.
We must consider that faith is like medicine. So if you’ve ever experienced a rough day, where things don’t go quite your way; or, if you’re in a situation that may have you down, try this simple exercise. Either write down or say out loud all of the things that you are thankful for each morning. Here’s my list.
- I’m thankful that I woke up this morning
- I’m thankful that I was able to see another sunrise
- I’m thankful that I woke up in my right mind (Thank you, Jesus!)
- I’m thankful that I can hear the voices of my children and feel their kisses on my cheeks
- I’m thankful for the love of my children and family
- I’m thankful that God is my provider
- I’m thankful that I can give an encouraging word to someone
- I’m thankful that I can smile
- I’m thankful that despite the cares in my life, I still have joy
- I’m just thankful to be alive!
Take out time each morning to thank God for the blessings in your life. Have faith in God – I sincerely believe you’ll have better health and experience all of the blessings that God has for you today and tomorrow.
***Deborah Hudson, MPH is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Hampton University School of Pharmacy in Hampton, VA. She has taught in the School of Pharmacy for the past 11 years and is an expert in Public Health. She earned her B.S. in Biology at Hampton University and her M.P.H with an emphasis in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University.