Health and Healing. Day one...
A few years ago I had a business appointment at one of the hospitals in Springfield, MO. Through the window in the lobby area I could see a large construction project that appeared to be almost completed.
My client, anxious to point out the hospital's newest addition, said something to the effect, “Our new wing is almost finished. Aren't we making great progress?”
Without thinking (obviously) I responded, “I'm not sure that's progress, Ma'am. For me, progress would be tearing down hospitals for lack of use.”
As is evident, I don't have a typical perspective on health and healing.
Please understand that I'm not against the healthcare industry. Our health insurance business is right in the middle of the healthcare industry. I just don't want to participate in the way that our culture, in general, thinks about health and healing.
I'm not approaching this subject from the perspective of a doctor, nurse, lab technician, nutritionist, or any other medical professional. I'm approaching this subject from the perspective of a very ordinary man who has spent several years experimenting with the Word of God in regard to health and healing. And I want to share with you what I've learned.
What does God have to do with health and healing?
This is certainly a justifiable question for people who don't have any interest in God. But sadly, many born‐again believers don't think God has anything to do with health and healing—at least they don't act like it. Something's gone haywire, in my opinion, whenever Christians trust the medical community first—before trusting God.
According to a quote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (here in the United States), “About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.”
If 97 out of every 100 U.S. babies are born healthy, then God surely designed the human body to be healthy. Considering the physical condition and lifestyles of many pregnant women, that number of healthy babies is a miracle as far as I'm concerned.
Even in Sudan (pop. 37.2 million), where civil war and famine have claimed nearly 2 million lives since 1983, 92 out of every 100 babies are born healthy. God intends for every human being to start out life with good health.
Please note: Don't get bogged down with the exceptions. I will address those babies born with birth defects a little later.
God has everything to do with health and healing. This is the starting point of our discussion.
If we exclude God from any aspect of health and healing, then we are gutting what is most important. To not include God in learning about health and healing is as absurd as excluding the inventor from a discussion of his or her latest invention.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NLT)
It is my intention that during this series you will realize just how much God wants you to live in health, and just how possible He has made it.
Have a good day,