DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE? (Part 3)
In this capsule we would continue our theme, asking that same question 'Does God try us with sickness or disease or does He allow it?' To me the answer is a categorical NO! This point is settled in my mind and it has helped a great deal in simplifying and demystifying my approach when dealing with sickness and disease! It's the thief that has come to kill, steal and destroy...(John 10:10a). But I am also aware that the source of confusion and conflict in the minds of individuals is based on the interpretation of certain scriptures in the New Testament. I have over many years spent time meditating on these and would go through a few. Most pertain to Apostle Paul and his companions. The logic is that if this could happen to Paul, who are we to expect something different? In itself, this approach is destructive, we must not interpret or validate the scripture in the light of people's experience especially when they appear counter to the word of God, but that is a discussion for another day, another capsule.
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. (1 Timothy 5:23 KJV)
Paul advised Timothy a close associate of his, to avoid drinking water but take small quantities of wine because of some stomach disease. But what this scripture does not say is that God gave Timothy the disease or that God refused to heal him or that He allowed it. This can be likened to you advising somebody who gets malaria often whenever they travel to an endemic area to take malarial prophylactic or take bottled water instead of tap water to avoid diarrhoea. I know a lot of people, mature Christians who have one health struggle or the other, whilst I encourage them to believe for divine healing, I have at no time condemned them for taking medication. We all have our struggles and we need to encourage and build each other up. It does not mean they should remain the same forever. Many Christians have given divine healing a bad name because they portray western medicine as evil, it is not! It's just a poor alternative to divine healing and health.
Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletus sick. (2 Timothy 4:20 KJV)
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. (Philippians 2:25-28 KJV)
These are two examples of Paul's companions that were sick. One thing that is common to both is that they both overcame their sickness which to me is a great testimony to divine healing. You don't have to stay sick, the thief might come to kill, steal and destroy , choose life and life in abundance . Refuse to stay sick, yes sickness and disease might attack you, what is wrong is for you to accept that as final. When poverty or demons attack we fight and resist them, the same way you must stand your ground against sickness and disease. Somehow we have come to accept that sickness and disease are inevitable, it is not so. You don't even have to die of sickness or disease, you should die of old age that is what the scripture provides for. Moses a man of inferior covenant died free of sickness or disease, in fact God asked him to climb up a mountain when it was time for him to die, showing how full of vigour he was (Deuteronomy 34:7).
There are other scriptures that we could go through like the man that was born blind in John chapter 9 and many more but for space and time. I will devote the next capsule to Paul's thorn, this seems to be everybody's excuse.
WHEN IT'S TIME TO GO , CLIMB YOUR MOUNTAIN DON'T DESCEND INTO A VALLEY