“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)
Yes, health is a blessing from the Lord, and as we see in these verses it seems that it is connected to our relationship with Him. If we trust the Lord with our whole heats, acknowledge Him in everything, fear Him, and depart from evil, it will be health to us.
Many of us place our health in a different category than our relationship with Christ, but nothing could be further from the truth! There are many different verses in the Bible that link our attitudes and actions to our health, especially in Proverbs. Among them, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Prov. 17:22), “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” (Prov. 13:40), and “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” (Prov. 12:18)
We can see clearly from God’s Word that how we live our lives for Him greatly affects our health. As we look back through history, we can find many instances where sickness and destruction come upon those who wandered from the Lord, and how health was restored when they turned their hearts back towards God.
This does not mean that, every time sickness comes upon us, we are failing in our walk with the Lord. Yes, the Lord will sometimes chasten us by sickness, but He will also choose to teach and grow us, or use us to reach others by sickness as well. We find in God’s Word that there are three basic kinds of sickness. Sickness unto death, sickness unto chastisement, and sickness unto the glory of God
We will find as we grow in the Lord that the sicknesses that come from chastening will often be accompanied with a nagging guilt of knowing something is amiss in our spiritual walk, and after we get our relationship with God straightened out, the sickness is much easier to endure. Our inward joy will lessen the pain of the current illness.
We will also find that sickness that comes to teach us is also often accompanied by the temptation to get discouraged. Satan knows that when our body is sick, it is easier to get to our minds and hearts. We need to trust that the Lord knows what is best for us and that, in due time, He will remove the illness. Poor health will not seem as bad if we stay cheerfully submissive to the Lord’s will. “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:4-5)
Our relationship with the Lord is very vital to living a happy and healthy life. We, as children of God, must realize that whatever He sends our way, sickness or health, is what is best for us according to His will. We must to be willing to ask the Lord what He wants to teach us through the sickness, and be willing to submit and act in obedience to whatever He shows us.