My wife has a rare cold for her, my daughter is sick, a family showed up minus a couple of family members at church today and the dad told me that they are starting with colds too. Tis the season, eh? Yet most of the year most of us enjoy good health and take for granted that health until the sickness arrives. It impedes our activities, hampers normal routines like breathing, makes us sluggish, and so on ! So I’m trying my best to avoid contamination and hoping for the best and thankful for the rest ! As Thanksgiving nears, aren’t you thankful for good health?
Archaeological finds have demonstrated people in the first century suffered from a poorer health in general than we do with the strides we have made in medicine and technology. So, it must’ve been of huge comfort for believers in the early church to hear John’s book of Revelation passage say, “And God shall wipe away all their tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (21:4). Sin will cease as we know it and with it, one sad byproduct of it: sickness.
We understand, from God’s Word, that there is a link between sin and sickness. Not that every cold is directly due to a sin we have committed but ultimately all sickness may be traced back to sin. So no need to feel unduly guilty when you start have the sniffles ! Paul taught very clearly that when our heart is not right with God sickness can result, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you. . .” (1Cor.11:30). Yet if this is true, and it is, then it makes sense that living for God is very healthful !! People who speak of holisitic treatments sometimes even understand this. Clean living results in clean living !! Freedom from guilt avoids ulcers, the joy of the Lord alleviates mental anxiety, etc. So here’s to your health this cold and flu season: keep walking with the Lord !!!