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Sunday, June 18, 2017
When Our Health (Physical/Emotional) is Under Attack
“You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to
you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or
despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What then has
become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would
have gouged out your eyes and given them to me… See with what large letters
I am writing to you with my own hand.” (Galations 4:13-15; 6:11)
It has been the question for the ages! Why do good people, God’s people, get
sick and suffer? Would we not do more, if healthy and well? Maybe this is the
folly in the questions! Does God need us to do more, or do we need to realize our
greater need for God and He do more in us? Are some life lessons only meant to
be learned in the classroom of sickness and suffering? Are there certain life
experiences of sickness and suffering one must know, if they are going to be
empowered to serve, guide and comfort others? Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all
comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to
comfort those who are in any affliction 
with the comfort by which we are
comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Satan and our fallen world are the
reasons for sickness and suffering. The whole creation was subject to corruption
when sin entered. (Romans 8:20) Therefore our fleshly body fades/perishes with time,
illness and injury. (2 Corinthians 4:16) Though Satan be the origin of it all, with great deception he works in sickness and suffering to attack God and erode faith.
He would have all to think that this is God’s fault; He is not good, nor does He
care. The devil would leave the sick and suffering in bitterness and hopelessness.
God is about redeeming us body, mind and soul, along with His creation! He is
already making all things new! Until then, how do we live kingdom lives of
overcoming the attacks of Satan who said, “Skin for skin, all that a person has,
will he give for their life. Touch his skin and bones and he will curse you to your
face.” (Job 2:4-5) How do we come to know Paul’s experience, “For the sake of
Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and
calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Randy Davis