Health and healing. Day three...
I mean no offense to all you dog lovers out there, but when I see a car with large dogs moving constantly between the front and the rear seats, I see a torn-up interior. When I see a car with a ladder hanging out one of the windows or a lawn mower sitting in the back seat, I see a poor prospect for a good used car. A while back, I saw three people trying to put a queen‐size mattress set into the trunk of a sub‐compact.
And yet people who neglect their own vehicles don't want to buy a vehicle that's been treated like they've treated their own. They want to start off in a car that has nothing wrong with it. They may end up misusing it, but they want it to be as perfect as possible in the beginning.
Nobody wants to see a human life start off with anything gone wrong.
In the days before all the imaging was available during pregnancy, family members stood by anxiously in hospital waiting rooms hoping to hear the words, “Everything's fine. The baby is healthy.” But even with today's access to prenatal information, family members still have a certain amount of anxiety until both mother and baby are pronounced healthy.
And nobody wants to see a human life continue with anything gone wrong. The healthcare industry wouldn't represent one‐sixth of the U. S. economy if we thought otherwise.
But we have a serious disconnect.
As I said last week, ninety‐seven percent of Americans are born healthy. We expect to be born healthy. And we expect the healthcare industry to make us healthy whenever we're not healthy.
But we don't expect to live in health.
If you don't believe me just listen to how we talk and think:
- When we see an awareness campaign about a certain health condition on the television, do we refuse to even consider such a condition or do we say, “I wonder if I should get checked out?”
- When we read about an increase in a certain disease, do we immediately say “No!” to the thought of it or do we worry about getting it?
- When we hear all the talk about family members who have died from such‐and‐ such condition, do we immediately say, “Well, I refuse to die from such‐and‐such condition,” or do those death scenarios play over and over in our minds?
Adam and Eve, while they were in the Garden, lived in perfect health. And if they had stayed in the Garden in their innocence, today they would still be physically alive, still living in perfect health. But they ate something that didn't agree with them.
Please, for the moment, consider this story in the simplest possible terms.
- God formed Adam's body from the earth's soil and breathed life into it. (See Genesis 2:7.)
- God formed Eve's body from Adam's side. (See Genesis 2:22.)
- God intended for Adam's body (and Eve's) to last forever. (We find this out later when God made adjustments after sin entered in. [See Genesis 3:22.])
- God showed Adam everything he could safely eat, and the one item he could not safely eat. (See Genesis 2:16–17.)
- Adam and Eve had no expectation of evil “or” good. They just lived perfectly in innocence. (See Genesis 2:25.)
- A thief (the serpent) entered the Garden to steal, kill, and destroy. (See Genesis 3:1, John 10:10.)
- The serpent came against Adam and Eve, convincing them to eat what was not safe for them to eat. (See Genesis 3:1–6.)
- Eating this unsafe food (from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) suddenly made them sick with the expectation of evil. (See Genesis 3:7.)
- God, in His mercy, then chose to keep them away from the food which was giving them the nutrition to live forever. (See Genesis 3:22–24.)
Are you beginning to see the reason for the “disconnect” we experience between what we want and what we expect?
Unlike Adam and Eve, we've never known innocence. We've already eaten that “forbidden fruit.” We're already sick with the expectation of evil.
We want to feel good, but we don't expect that we will. We want to be healthy, but we don't expect to live out our lives in complete health. We want the best, but we expect the worst.
I know it's been a while since you were born as that perfectly healthy baby (I will discuss exceptions a little later on). But you weren't born in the Garden of Eden. No matter how perfect your little body was, you were born into a world that has the knowledge of both good and evil. And it didn't take you long to develop an expectation of evil—tummy aches, diaper rash, congestion, vaccinations.
And unless we intentionally do something about it, what we want and what we expect will remain disconnected.
We will live our lives wanting the best, but expecting the worst.
Sadly, this is just as true for the majority of Christians as it for everyone else.
It's not enough for us to understand and accept what Jesus did for us in eternity. If we want our desires and our expectations to be connected, then we must understand what Jesus did for us in this life.
Have a good day,