Do you serve Jesus better when you’re sick or when you’re well?
And could it be that fever is a fiery dart from hell?
Do you believe it is God’s will for you to stay depressed,
Even though God’s Word says Jesus healed all the oppressed?
He never treated sickness as a cross through which we’re blessed.
Self-pity, on the other hand, treats sickness as a cross.
“Come see me suffer for the Lord. He’s not an easy boss.”
But only God can show a person what lies in his heart.
His Spirit plumbs the depths of love that He seeks to impart,
Though some believe His goal is to upend their apple cart.
But if one’s illness is a cross, what purpose does it serve?
Does it glorify the Lord or does it strike a wounded nerve?
Man’s pride rejects God’s healing which he knows he can’t deserve.
He wants to pay for it himself. His sickness is a crutch,
Although his friends who gather near do not see it as such.
They offer him their sympathy which he will not turn it down.
Their sad words comfort him. He spreads their message all around.
No exploits are expected of this man, who’s sick in bed.
“He needs his rest. He needs his meds. Ask someone else instead.”
But who can comprehend the bitter thoughts inside his head?
Crutch, cross or enemy? Who knows? I’m not the one to judge,
But purity of doctrine is a thing I dare not fudge,
For those who would live godly lives in Christ will end up hurt.
They may be beaten physically with blows they can’t avert,
Scourged for the gospel’s sake, a man may even lose his shirt.
But that is not the same as burying one’s self in pain,
Because if it’s not done in love, then what has one to gain?
For only God is perfect love, and He believes all things.
So let’s accept that perfect love because there’s healing in His wings.
Receiving it exalts His name and of His goodness sings.
Daniel 11:32; Acts 10:38; I Corinthians 13:7