To Your Health
Today I am sitting on my patio surrounded by blankets and pillows and tissues and water – feeling a bit sorry for myself as I’ve come down with a nasty cold. One of the benefits (?) of Covid is that I’ve not been sick much these past few years, but, in turn, I suppose my immune system is not what it used to be so when something like a cold hits, it hit’s hard. So before going down the poor, poor pitiful me path to far, I thought I’d take a look at what God’s Word has to say about illness and disease and healing.
Psalm 41:3 states “The Lord sustains him on his bed, in his illness You restore him to health.” The commentary states: Sometimes people view health as equally God’s blessing and illness as equally God’s curse. (see book of Job) God’s Word can deliver from calamity, disease, and misfortune, but believers will still suffer the effects of sin. Sin can be confessed and absolved, but its effects may have lifelong, widespread consequences. (bummer)
There are several references in both the Old and New Testaments of people being struck with illness or disease who reach out to the One who they believe can heal them. And isn’t it amazing how often God does just that?! Whether it’s a simple as a cold or somewhat much more serious, how often have we seen God’s healing touch in our life or that of someone we love? Does He always heal us to continue our earthly lives? Often, but not always. Sometimes He gives the ultimate healing of taking us home where there will be no more sickness (or pain or death or mourning…all those nasty consequences of sin)
So, what will I do now? Rely on the fact that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139) Our bodies are amazingly resilient when it comes to fighting back disease. Our immune system is designed to monitor, recognize, and remember viruses and take action to eliminate them. (vicks.com), God had a plan for our physical illness, but even better, God had a plan for our spiritual illness. So today I’ll rest in the knowledge of God’s care for me both physically and spiritually. And I’ll be thankful for the medicines so readily available in today’s world that help alleviate these symptoms. Now where did I put my DayQuil?!
God bless your day…and your health!
Dawn Lubker, Ministry Assistant