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Many of us are on the road to living a healthy life. A life that is filled with the ability to go chase around our kids or grandkids, to play a game of soccer or basketball, or to simply be able to go shopping without the assistance of anyone or anything. A life that is filled with joy and not all the complex problems that difficult relationships can bring. A life that is void of the complications that an unhealthy lifestyle can bring.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts to be healthy, sickness comes, hardship comes, and even death comes.
Yesterday I received the news that my 78-year-old uncle passed away. He lived a good, full life. I have no doubt that now he is rejoicing and dancing on the streets of gold. However, his last few weeks here on this earth were ones of sickness and pain.
In moments like these, many question God as to why He didn’t physically heal our loved one…why He chose to perfectly heal them by taking them home with Him.
However, sometimes it’s not for us to know. He knows better than we know. In moments like these, instead of questioning, we should realize our complete need to depend upon Him for life, strength, and health. He uses moments like these to remind us that He is the one in whom we must trust and depend at all times…not just in moments like these.
This morning I was reading a devotion from The Andrew Murray Daily Reader and wanted to share an excerpt of it with you. No matter where you may find yourself today…in health, in sickness, in mourning, or filled with joy, the only true health and strength and life can be found in our full dependence on Jesus.
“Christ’s purpose in healing is also the exact opposite of physical healing, which aims, if at all possible, toward independence from the doctors. Christ’s condition of success is to bring us into such dependence upon himself that we will not be able to live a moment without Him.
Christ Jesus Himself is our life in a sense that many Christians cannot conceive. The weak and frail Christian life owes itself to a lack of appropriation of divine truth. As long as we expect Christ to continually do something for us in single acts of grace, trusting Him from time to time to give us that which will last a little while, we cannot be restored to perfect health. But when we grasp the fact that we need Him moment by moment in our lives in utter dependence upon His strength and provision, then the life of Christ becomes the health of our soul. Heath is nothing but life in its normal, undisturbed activity. Christ gives us health by giving us himself; He becomes our strength for our walk.“
Scripture focus: John 5:6-9
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