Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES
Text: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” – Romans 10: 1-3.
Comment: This assertion by Paul the apostle of Christ explains the unfortunate state of many professed Christians. They are very narrow-minded and will not listen to what other people have to say – because of pride. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:21) These people carefully observe rites and ceremonies as handed over to them, without bothering about the Scriptural foundations for such ceremonies. Some of the religious groups debar their adherents from taking medicines when they are sick but to depend only on prayer. Yes, God created man not to be sick; but disease conditions have become inevitable for man because of sin – hence God provided us with what we should take when sick. See Proverbs 17:22.
When our Lord Jesus Christ saw a man born blind, he did not give the command for the man to be healed instantly but “spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” (John 9:1,2, 5-7) What our Saviour did was similar to the use of medicine. Scripture says: “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.” – Jeremiah 3:23.