How do you respond when physical sickness invades your life? Is your first thought to cry out to God or is your first thought fear, worry, anxiety, or concerns about worldly answers? Do you remember to trust God even in the midst of medical treatment?
Ezekiel 39 & 40
Ezekiel 39 & 40:
Our exact God
As I read chapter 40 with all the measurements, the numbers of steps, the beveled windows, etc., I couldn’t help but remember that our God is a God of precision and order. He is fulfilling every word He has spoken and keeping every promise and He is doing so exactly as He intends!
The real meaning of Thanksgiving
He will clothe His priests with salvation … and His saints will shout for joy! That’s us! What a great and awesome God we serve and what a great salvation He has provided. We should be thankful for all He has done. That is the real meaning of Thanksgiving. From the beginning it was always about Him. We tend to forget that in our secular society.
Bad company corrupts morals and politics
“Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.”
The king represented their system of government. Romans tells us “bad company corrupts good morals.” That is true in politics, as well as, in our personal lives. Let’s pray that our politicians and leaders would surround themselves with godly counselors.
When you’re sick turn God-ward
James asks the question:
14 Is anyone among you sick?
He goes on:
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. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
The first thing we should do when we’re sick is to pray and, when necessary, to ask for prayer from others. James is not speaking against modern medicine. In fact, the anointing with oil probably referred to the medical help of James’ day, but our first response should be God-ward.
And just as we pray and ask God’s blessing on our food, we can do the same when seeking medical help. I frequently ask God to guide the doctor’s hands, to use the medicine for good, to give the doctors and technicians wisdom beyond their own abilities.
Verse 16 instructs us to confess our sins to one another. Not all sickness is caused by sin, but sin can cause sickness. We should be constantly examining ourselves and confessing our sins to God and one another. Perhaps when praying for someone who is sick, we should ask, “Is there anything you would like to get off your heart that I can pray about?” But we need to be careful not to assume that all sickness is the result of sin.
Closing thoughts: As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches let’s remember to Whom we are thankful.
James 1.17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
For what are you thankful this year?
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