Last night during my evening Bible study with the kids, we went through Luke 6. It was really incredible to read about Jesus healing a man’s infirmity. The night before, in Luke 5, Jesus forgave a man his sins, and to prove He has authority on earth to forgive sins, He healed the man of His paralysis. The connection of sin to sickness is obvious in this.
That doesn’t mean everyone who has infirmity or weakness is or has been involved in some sin although, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 But it does mean we live in a sinful, broken world and therefore, infirmities are the result of that brokenness. However, we can have wholeness in this life, regardless of our infirmity or weakness.
I had the honor of telling my kids of a woman who had been “promoted” (as we call it) to heaven 4 years ago this week. Rhonda Duncan was a powerhouse Christian. A mother to many including me, she was the epitome of Christian living and a fearless, bold, and passionate lover of Jesus Christ. Her life was in service to Him, and she believed in no excuses; Rhonda prayed daily and read her Bible studiously and lovingly every day, no matter what she was going through. And she went through a lot. Surgeries upon surgeries, medications, an infirmity that took her ability to walk among other things, and even her ability to bow her head. Did that stop her? No. She got these glasses that when she put them on, she could look straight ahead and read the words on the page in her lap as if someone was holding them up in front of her. Her Lord and Savior was more important to her than anything or anyone, and she never wanted to miss a day with Him in His glorious Word. She was truly whole, though her physical body didn’t show it.
As I read the story of the man with the deformed hand, I was reminded of a verse that says,
“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.”Matthew 18:8
I know of Christians who believe if you have a weakness or infirmity you just need to believe and it will be healed. I agree this can happen, but isn’t the rule. It’s the exception. There are some on earth, like Rhonda, who aren’t healed right now. As Rhonda’s husband Doug always said, “Already, but not yet.” Rhonda, like many others today, had been healed already by Christ’s stripes (“By His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5), but it wasn’t or isn’t made manifest on earth right now. But we know in heaven we get new bodies (Philippians 3:21), so Rhonda is walking and dancing and praising the Lord with hands lifted high (something she couldn’t do while here).
The point of all that information is to say this: If Rhonda had been asked during her time on earth whether she would rather be healed and lose her relationship with the Lord as it was, or keep her infirmity and keep her relationship with her Savior, she would have said, “Give me my weakness.” I hope all of us have that answer; that we all would say, “I’d rather have my weakness, my infirmity, and be whole in spirit and one with the Father right now, I’d rather wait patiently, yet eagerly by faith, for the redemption of my body.” (Romans 8:23) And to that, My God answers:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”2 Cor 12:9
Please take time today to thank God for your infirmity, your pain, your weakness. Remind yourself of His grace and His death on the cross for that very thing. And pray He helps you understand it. If it’s habitual sin in your life, ask Him to help you rid yourself of it and He will. He’s faithful. Wholeness and surrender to the Father is the most important thing in your life. He’s coming soon, so make sure you’re ready.