Jesus taught us to visit the sick and those in prison. It struck me the other day that He knew there would always be times of sickness.
Philippians 2:27, “He certainly was ill [too], near to death. But God had compassion on him…”
We are a society of instant answers. When we are sick, we want instant relief. When we pray for the sick we want instant healing. When that doesn’t happen we try to explain it away.
- You have sin in your life.
- You are out of God’s will.
- You just don’t have enough faith, etc.
Instead of bringing comfort and encouragement we beat them up with our words and theology.
There are times of sickness in everyone’s life. It is an opportunity for each of us to show the love of Christ. And if our prayers are not answered, and they die, it is not because of sin or the lack of faith. Elisha died from an illness, 2 Kings 13:14.
The days of our life here on earth were determined before we were conceived, Psalms 139:16.
What verse impressed you?