August 02, 2022
All of us face sickness at times. Some people face far more debilitating illnesses than others. But the reality is this: all of us will, at some point, face something that will take our life.
What do you do when you get sick?
Hezekiah was a great example. He was one of the rare, godly kings in the Old Testament. He became “mortally ill,” as recorded in 2 Kings 20. The prophet Isaiah came to him and told him that he was going to die. Notice Hezekiah’s response:
Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (Vs. 2-3)
God told the prophet that He had heard the King's prayer and would grant him healing and fifteen more years of life. Hezekiah could hardly believe it and asked the Lord for a sign to assure his heart, which God did.
The Apostle Paul was beset with what we think was a great physical illness. He prayed three times that it would be removed, but God told Paul He had purposes in this “thorn in the flesh” to manifest His grace and strength through the illness. The humble disciple came to the point where he gloried in his weakness, for it became a greater opportunity to display God’s sufficient grace and strength.
Paul’s example—and millions of other godly Christians—forever debunks the false teaching that it is always God’s will to heal everyone. The mortality rate alone disproves this damaging false teaching. But, if we're not careful, we will swing too far in the other direction, believing that it is never God's will to miraculously heal.
Jesus, Himself, faced the cross and prayed that, if possible, God would take the cup of suffering away. But He followed it with the beautiful prayer of submission, “Yet not My will but Thine be done.”
Most of us have had people we have prayed for that God has healed and others that He has not. We cannot know (we are not God) why He heals one and not another. But we do know these five truths:
Don’t think God is not concerned when one of His children is suffering. He is perfect in compassion. But also, don’t let the lack of healing turn your heart against Your Father. He knows what He is about. Trust Him to do what is best and thank Him for the ultimate, eternal healing that is promised for all who know and love Him!
Father, we trust You. You know us and are wonderfully working to conform us to the image of Your Son. We can rest in Your sovereignty and relax in Your love. Give us the grace to pray courageously for healing as needed, but completely submit to Your path for our lives. And Father, we look forward to an eternity with You in a place where there is no sickness or death!
August 11, 2022
Americans are world-class eaters. Some estimates are that the annual expenditure in the United States for all food is $1.1 trillion. We love to eat and go to extraordinary means to consume what we want. Eating provides the nutrition to live, but it’s also a means of satisfaction on a daily basis.
What we don’t realize is that there is a food group we’re missing that is the source of not only the greatest nutritional value but the highest joy. It’s estimated that less than 10% of Americans eat this food daily, even though it’s readily available.
August 10, 2022
We know whether something is valuable or worthless by comparison. A shiny, new car may look fabulous, but it is worthless if it has no engine. The ugliest car with a working machine is far more valuable for the need.
Everyone follows a god. You can pursue the gods of this world (power, pleasure, possessions) or the Lord God Jehovah. But it’s essential to do a proper evaluation.
August 08, 2022
Last Christmas, our kids gave us a gift called “Storyworth.” Every Monday, Holly and I receive a question about our lives. Apparently, these are collected in a book at the end of the year.
Today’s question was, “What’s your best relational advice?” As I looked at this question for a long time, I knew it was a call to do some needed work on my closest relationships. Multiple thoughts ran through my mind. They were convicting because I have fallen so far short of these truths. But they are true nonetheless.