Thursday, June 12, 2008
Healing and Health
Yesterday, I was invited to Faith Methodist Church to give the Alpha talk on "Does God Heal Today?" It is a small Alpha group, but as I listened to their requests for healing prayer, I cannot help but think that many of our health problems are the consequences of our own actions We ignore the laws of health and ask God to deliver us from our bad choices.
Nowadays, I would rather that Christians focus on health than on healing. Just because we are Christians does not spare us from the law of cause and effect. Paul calls this the law of sowing and reaping: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" (Galatians 6:7). When we ignore the laws of healthy living (e.g. exercise, sleep, water and greens), we would be tempting God if we expect God to deliver us from our foolishness. Like the devil asking Jesus to jump of the top of the Temple and trust God to cushion His fall, many believers think that they can ignore God's laws of health without consequences. I know of one pastor who has advocated the "eat, drink and be merry" philosophy but he ended up in hospital for a major operation on his stomach. I know of another pastor who could not resist eating all kinds of "good" food and ended losing his legs to diabetes and died from the operation.
Healing is remedial, but health is preventive. I believe in healing but like salvation it is to deliver us from our sins. Once saved, we do not indulge in self-destructive acts anymore. God's ideal is that we walk in obedience and remain healthy in spirit, soul and body.
May the Lord grant us more wisdom, not more revelation--we have enough already to live healthy life!