“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul” – Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV).
All religious faiths around the world have one thing in common: belief in the existence of the soul. For Christians and all other faiths traced to creation of Adam and Eve, it is written, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). Meaning our existence is not just the mere possession of bodily organs but starts at that point when God breathes His life into us.
Based on this it is clear that every human being has a body and soul. Our physical bodies do house our souls which St Augustine (354-430) described as “a special substance, endowed with reason, adapted to rule the body”! Yet, picture this, all of life is mostly concentrated on taking care of the body and trying to extend its life here on earth. For instance, how much do we spend on our bodies while so often forgetting there is also the soul as part of our makeup!
The truth is while everyone reaches a point where the body ceases to function, the soul simply departs from the body to wait upon the judgment of its creator, the Almighty God! This is why Paul notes, “I pray to God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
Just as we love to pamper our mortal and perishable bodies, perhaps, it might be well to add, lets also learn to take daily care of our souls too with the rich word of God. As Paul notes, “ For the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
Further, the Lord cautions us, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal” (John 6:27).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heave an earth, I thank you for the gift of the body, but more so, for my soul, which belongs to you and I commit to Jesus as Lord and Savior, this I pray in His holy name