“The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” (John 5:7)
Have you ever spent much time considering the health care system, or perhaps it would be better said, the complete lack thereof of health care in the days our Lord walked amongst us? How many thousands were in need of healing, how many came to Him for that healing, and after He returned back to the Father, the best opportunity was the pool of Siloam.
For thousands of years it has been so, when sickness came you would probably die, certain injuries would leave you maimed for life, pain would be your constant companion, and life expectancy was brief.
In many nations the medical field has grown exponentially, but only in the last fifty years or so, there is a pill, potion or procedure that can alleviate nearly every symptom today, but only temporarily. Sadly, many of the saved still call upon that medical profession before they call upon the Great Physician for relief from their condition. Satan’s plan in this regard has never changed, keep people happy with the things of the world.
“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” (Eccl. 7:3)
Do not go to the pool of Siloam to be patient and pray, but to the doctor and he will provide the relief you need.
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15)
Proper diet and exercise, regular visits to the clinic for that check-up, keep active.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
Be as healthy as you can for as long as you can, live as long as possible without the inconveniences of the flesh that continues to deteriorate, keep pain as far away as possible, strive for just one more sunrise.
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” (Job 2:4)
Because of that verse, those words of our adversary, the medical profession and all of its branches, are among the most profitable on the planet, and in this regard also, 1st Timothy 6:10 becomes a truth as well. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
You can have that pill or medical procedure to remove or at least lessen that pain, if you are willing to pay for it, if not, then this world’s compassion is clearly seen, it is not there, it does not exist. You say you have no health insurance? Was it free? You say the moral code of ethics that physicians abide by causes them to heal all, as much as is within their power, no matter that person’s financial wherewithal? Ever hear of garnished wages and removal of personal property until that obligation is met?
Is that next sunrise worth a life of extreme debt and destitution for you?
“And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,” (Luke 16:20)
“The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:” (Numb. 6:25)
If you live in a nation where medical assistance is just down the street and you believe that it is a blessing from the Lord, by all means, if you need assistance, go, I bring only this instance to your attention, how many who were healed by the Lord Jesus Christ needed assistance again after He left, and how many of those went to the pool of Siloam to wait and pray, and how many sought out the physicians of the day?
Suffering my friends, can be either of the mind or body, it can hinder our walk on the path, but it cannot stop us. The one in that condition can still hear that small voice within us that gives us comfort, that brings peace to our soul, and our response can still be one of praise to His Holy name, and His will for our lives.