TWFW: Strength and Health

July 29, 2009

WFW

God heals. God strengthens. God protects. There’s really nothing more to say that hasn’t already been said.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
–Proverbs 3:5-6

In so saying, this does not mean that people do not get sick, that people do not get weak, and that people do not get into tribulations and travails. And it also doesn’t mean we can be stupid, cast off restraint concerning our health– eat junk, smoke, live immorally– and God will reward us with good health. Quite the contrary! He gave us wisdom to know how to take care of ourselves, that’s for sure. And God said that He would provide the way of healing, strengthening, and protecting. Bad things do happen– that’s part of life, the life we live in. But it won’t always be this way:

For the earnest expectation of the creation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
–Romans 8:19-21

I think sometimes we look for “magic,” cures too, which leads us to disappointment. Sometimes we just don’t get that quick fix. But like the marvelous Kathryn Kuhlman used to say, “I believe in miracles, because I believe in God.” 🙂

I know that there have been volumes upon volumes of books and theses written about “IF” God can heal, “IF” He does heal, or “IF” He will heal. People make things so complex sometimes. All I know is that– at face value– God has said He heals. That’s how I want to take things, simply at face value.

God is good. :wubs:

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3 Responses to “TWFW: Strength and Health”

  1. akaGaGa Says:

    Thanks for this, Rebecca. It reminds me of an old chorus that has always been a favorite:

    to know Him, to know Him
    is the cry of my heart
    Spirit, reveal Him to me
    to hear what He’s saying
    brings life to my bones
    to know Him, to know Him alone

  2. Lisa Says:

    It is our own stubbornness that gets in the way of our healing.

    13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. – James 1:13-14 (New International Version)

    • Rebecca Says:

      Lisa- yes. This post is one of those rare moments when I was trying to be nice. 😀 I admit, I don’t think not getting healed comes down to one pat answer. Believe me, I’ve studied the Scriptures and many testimonies. There are some great books, “Nothing is Impossible With God” and “God Can Do It Again” that were quite the eye openers.

      akaGaGa- what a beautiful hymn! I haven’t heard it before, I’ll have to look it up. 🙂