8 - TRUST IN GOD
"Gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, trust in God 's love
and care -- these are health's greatest safeguards." My
Life Today, pg. 151. (Ellen White).
"Not a few, in this Christian age and Christian nation,
resort to mediums rather than trust to the power of the
living God. The mother, watching by the sick-bed of her
child, exclaims, "I can do no more. Is there no physician
who has power to restore my child?" She is told of the
wonderful cures performed by some clairvoyant or
magnetic healer, and she trusts her dear one to his charge,
placing it as verily in the hands of Satan as though he were standing by her side. And in how many instances is the future life of the child controlled by a Satanic power which it seems powerless to brea!" The Signs of the Times, March 24, 1887. (Ellen White).
God is our Great Physician "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and the He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
As God is our creator, essentially all healing must also come from Him - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ...it shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." Proverbs 3:5, 8
"If thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandment, and keep His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26
God’s desire for us - "Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth." 3 John 2
"Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments...which I command thee this day, to do them...and the Lord will take away all sickness and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt...upon thee." Deuteronomy 7:11, 15
God wants our complete restoration - "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23
We should not have lack of trust - "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22
"A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones." Proverbs 14:30
Remember, worry, stress, and depression bring decay, disease, and death. The immune system is strengthened by trusting God.
The foundation of all health is in the acceptance of the blessings which the Creator has provided for us. Foremost of these is the privilege we have of choosing our Saviour to be our Guide as well as our Great Physician. In fact, the divine purpose of our physical healing is to make us more inclined to accept the spiritual healing Christ longs to perform upon our hearts.
There is an inexpressible peace that comes to one who has learned to trust in God and to lay all things in His hands. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, "Come unto Me...and I will give you rest." Rest from sorrow, rest from fear, and rest from insecurity. But first we must come to Him as our Great Physician. We must trust Him before we can understand and practice His profession or reveal His wisdom and love. Then let us resign ourselves to do His will, and endeavour faithfully to follow every instruction He gives for when we come to God, we must be willing to acknowledge and accept His ways as best for us, and follow them, regardless of our own personal preference and prejudices. There may be times when we may not discern His wisdom in certain events, but it is on these occasions that we especially honor Him by our faith. By being obedient to Him in those things which He askes of us—be it in the physical or spiritual realm—we shall discover that He is guiding us on our way to complete healing.
"Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God.... 'The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.' James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them.... Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy, cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. 'He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds. ‘Psalm 147:3." — Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 100
The following quo7.tes comprise an excellent prescription for a successful lifestyle: "Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His Holy Spirit, God speaks to us. But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him in order to have spiritual life and energy.
"Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend... Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.
"He [Jesus] found comfort and joy in communion with His Father. And if the Saviour of men, the Son of God, felt the need of prayer, how much more should feeble, sinful mortals feel the necessity of fervent, constant prayer." Ibid, pp. 64, 65
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in and sup with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
"And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day." Deuteronomy 7:24
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