“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”
We have taken time to talk about how much God desires for you to be in good health. However, sometimes, Christians can fall sick. This is either because they did not pay enough attention to their health or for the simple fact that we live in a fallen world. It happened even in the days of the early church. Trophimus was sick (2 Timothy 4:20), so was Epaphroditus (Phil 2:25).
However, there are things a Christian must never forget if he falls sick. The first is that there is healing available to him. James 5:14-15 says: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” God still heals today. Never doubt that.
Another thing a Christian must never forget when he is sick, is the location of his true hope. You must always have what I usually refer to as the “He will, but if not mentality…” Like the three Hebrew boys, you must trust God for supernatural intervention, but never let your faith in him be determined by situations. The hope of a Christian is beyond health and wealth in this life; it is in the fact that no matter what happens in this life, we are sure that we will spend eternity with God.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor 4:16-18, 2 Cor 5:1). Halleluyah, our hope is eternal!
If need be, a Christian can take medicine, but we’ll talk more about that in tomorrow’s article.