May. 10, 2020
Do I need to say that we’re anxious about health-related things? Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart dysfunction, diabetes – so many others that are so prevalent in our world. Add Coronavirus to all of that, and the ways we normally worry about health moves to another level. The Coronavirus has shown us that GLOBAL health is absolutely an issue – one that affects us all. But I think when we attach worry to health, we see faces of people close to us – maybe our own faces. When we worry about health like that, what does scripture say? MANY things, but the story that I’m drawn too is about a woman who is ill and not getting better despite trying all treatments available. In an act of desperation – or maybe absolute faith – she pushes her way to Jesus. Not for a conversation, not for a prescription, not to decide on a treatment plan – just to touch him. When she does, healing comes immediately. Jesus knows power has gone out from him, stops to ask who received it, the woman kneels and confesses, and Jesus pronounces the woman “WHOLE” – that’s the Greek for “HEALED.” Why are some healed instantly, and others not? Why do the “innocent” suffer and the wicked go free? Those are HUGE, IMPORTANT questions that generations have wrestled with. What I see here is Jesus celebrating the end to the woman’s suffering for sure but focusing on the healing her soul has experienced after she exercises her faith. Healing for the soul doesn’t make physical suffering easier to understand or endure, but it does remind us that life is so much more than physical things. Paul says this: “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
That’s a pretty powerful antidote to worry about health. As you read the following passages, note how people with health related challenges are brought to Jesus, and what he does with them.
MONDAY (05/11): Matthew 4:23-25
TUESDAY (05/12): Mark 2:1-12
WEDNESDAY (05/13): Luke 5:12-16
THURSDAY (05/14): John 9:1-11
To prepare for our next worship time, read the following scripture texts and pay attention to the ways God provides all that we need.
FRIDAY (05/15): Psalm 23
SATURDAY (05/16): 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
SUNDAY (05/17): Philippians 4:10-13,19