Sickness: Crutch, Cross or Enemy?

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 be depressed?

God’s Word says Jesus healed all those he met who were oppressed.

He never treated sickness as a cross through which we’re blessed.

 

Self-pity teaches man to treat all 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 that 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. 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 are often 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. There’s healing in His wings.

Receiving it exalts His name and of His goodness sings.

 

Scriptures:

Daniel 11:32; Acts 10:38; I Corinthians 13:7

 

Author: wingandprayer

I am a writer of Biblically-based and other sorts of humor because I want to see the spirit of heaviness lifted off of people and replaced with the garment of praise as it says in Isaiah 61:3.

Throughout the years, God has inspired me with a number of ideas for fun stories based on the Bible and on Biblical characters. You can find one of my articles, “A Queen’s Eye View of Insecurity,” in the Faithwriters’ book “Mixed Blessings, Classically Inspired,” published by Breath of Fresh Air Press. Several other articles of mine, winning entries in Faithwriters contests, have been accepted for publication. Now my first super hero book is on its last leg of revisions. I look forward to sharing it with my fellow fantasy enthusiasts once it is published.

I also write healing tracts for missions and evangelism and have illustrated several books, including “How do You Hide a Dinosaur?”, “The Nail,” “The Tree,” and “The Vine,” by Peg Stormy Bradley.

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