- Created on September 13th, 2006
While meditating on Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." Based on this scripture, we should be reminded that even though we have God given responsibilities in our lives, God–not man — has the ultimate responsibility for many of the things we try and take ownership of in our lives.
I started thinking about just how many things I refer to as mine. I often say this is my house, this is my car, this is my job, these are my clothes, and this is my opinion . I talk about how I plan on investing my money, or how much I enjoyed my food. I say this is my friend, my son, and I refer to my spouse as my wife. I even describe my physical conditions as "my health." I use the word "my" so frequently I somehow forgot that many of the things I describe as "my" or "mine" don’t belong to me at all. Those things were given to me by God to be a steward over.
When you assume ownership for something, you are totally responsible for it’s welfare. If I am thoroughly convinced that this is "my health", I am forced to take full responsibility for whatever happens–including wellness and healing. However, I know that only God is capable of such an endeavor.
I had a friend that used to say, "I don’t have any health problems. God and my doctor have the problem and I just do what I’m told." The Bible says it like this in I Corinthians 6:19 "know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
Your body belongs to God and it is his responsibility.
We have the responsibility of going to the doctor and following medical advice. We have the responsibility of avoiding anything that would harm our physical bodies, including that "ice–cream and fried food we just love to eat. But it’s God’s responsibility to do the healing. Many doctors recognize the power of God in wellness and healing–which is captured in a well known saying in the field of medicine, "I dressed the wound, but God healed the patient."
The lesson is this: All too often we become overly concerned about "my health" when our bodies belong to God in the first place. We do not have the power or the ability to perform the healing our body needs — only God can do that. "My health" may be a popular way of describing our condition, but try to adopt the attitude of my friend: " I don’t have any health problems. God and my doctor have the problem and I just do what I’m told.
Blessings on your journey to wellness
Rev. G.W. Tyles
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