8 - TRUST IN GOD
"Gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, trust in God 's love
and care -- these are health's greatest safeguards." My
Life Today, pg. 151. (Ellen White).
"Not a few, in this Christian age and Christian nation,
resort to mediums rather than trust to the power of the
living God. The mother, watching by the sick-bed of her
child, exclaims, "I can do no more. Is there no physician
who has power to restore my child?" She is told of the
wonderful cures performed by some clairvoyant or
magnetic healer, and she trusts her dear one to his charge,
placing it as verily in the hands of Satan as though he were standing by her side. And in how many instances is the future life of the child controlled by a Satanic power which it seems powerless to brea!" The Signs of the Times, March 24, 1887. (Ellen White).
God is our Great Physician "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and the He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
As God is our creator, essentially all healing must also come from Him - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ...it shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." Proverbs 3:5, 8
God’s desire for us - "Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth." 3 John 2
God wants our complete restoration - "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23
We should not have lack of trust - "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22
"A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones." Proverbs 14:30
Remember, worry, stress, and depression bring decay, disease, and death. The immune system is strengthened by trusting God.
The foundation of all health is in the acceptance of the blessings which the Creator has provided for us. Foremost of these is the privilege we have of choosing our Saviour to be our Guide as well as our Great Physician. In fact, the divine purpose of our physical healing is to make us more inclined to accept the spiritual healing Christ longs to perform upon our hearts.
There is an inexpressible peace that comes to one who has learned to trust in God and to lay all things in His hands. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, "Come unto Me...and I will give you rest." Rest from sorrow, rest from fear, and rest from insecurity. But first we must come to Him as our Great Physician. We must trust Him before we can understand and practice His profession or reveal His wisdom and love. Then let us resign ourselves to do His will, and endeavour faithfully to follow every instruction He gives for when we come to God, we must be willing to acknowledge and accept His ways as best for us, and follow them, regardless of our own personal preference and prejudices. There may be times when we may not discern His wisdom in certain events, but it is on these occasions that we especially honor Him by our faith. By being obedient to Him in those things which He askes of us—be it in the physical or spiritual realm—we shall discover that He is guiding us on our way to complete healing.
"Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God.... 'The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.' James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them.... Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy, cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. 'He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds. ‘Psalm 147:3." — Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 100