“…The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. Anyone who is among the living has hope —even a live dog is better off than a dead lion (Ecclesiastes 9:3,4)!”
Where does one go when they are sick, disabled or depressed? For most Americans, the answer is “the doctor”.
I for one have chosen this course. I use medication to, as one friend calls it, “level the playing field” so that some long term issues do not control my behavior.
Of late though, I have been unable to take my meds because of financial reasons. They’re just to blamin’ expensive.
As a result, some of my old not-so-nice ways of conducting myself have surfaced. Especially, they have come to the fore at work, which has made life extremely uncomfortable for some of my colleagues.
I see the value in my medication. However, many oppose their use.
Some think they are unhealthy. Others believe that we should “just let Jesus do it”.
There was a man once who did just that. He followed Jesus’s directions and was healed of blindness which he had dealt with since birth (John 9:6-7).
This man’s method of gaining healing for himself didn’t set well with some folks in their religion-based society, and an argument ensued. “Why, this man who supposedly healed the blind fellow is a sinner. Didn’t happen.”
Others said,”Come on. How could a sinner heal this man? The man who did it must be from God.” Extroardnarily, others went so far to say that the whole incident was a hoax (John 9:13-19)!
That the man received his sight was a reason for rejoicing. However, what was more important was why this man even needed a miracle to be able to see again.
Jesus said the man’s blindness “happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life”(John 9:3). The blind man suffered so that God could be revealed!
Last night, off my meds, I was despairing of ever being able to rid myself of my infirmities. It was a sleepless night as I thought on this.
The healing of the blind man tells me that I have hope in this life. Before he cured the man, Jesus said,”As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:4,5).”
Before I despair of life itself, it behooves me to see that Jesus is in the business of taking my problems into his hands and taking care of them. He wants to help me, and thus show how great He is, so that others will want to come to Him for relief from their own issues.
What a thought! I can actually rejoice in my illness because Jesus plans to show His love and faithfulness through it, and others will be drawn to Him.
When I pass on, I won’t have to deal with my problems anymore. However, I live on Planet Earth right now. While I am here, I have an opportunity that I won’t have after I die.
I can let Jesus do His work and be the Light of the World in my life. I’ll just be the lamp.