Being sick is never convenient. It slows us down and can knock us out of our daily routine. We get sick, but we have deadlines to meet, problems to solve, and a life to live….we don’t have time for being sick! I don’t get sick often, and I won’t allow it to knock me out of my routine completely. It’s rare for me to confine myself to bed for rest since it’s impossible to rest while thinking about all I need to do. I’ll do whatever I have to do to fight through it and stay productive.
Sickness never comes at an opportune time, right? I mean, no matter what stage life is at, or what there is to do, being sick is a big inconvenience whose occurrence some other time wouldn’t be any better except that it wouldn’t be happening now.
Our struggle with difficulties is much like struggling with sickness. It has the ability to knock us down, but it doesn’t have to knock us out. So, how do we ensure we can stay standing when life hits us hard and unexpectedly?
Keep following the doctor’s orders…
We generally only go to the doctor when we do get sick, and he will tell us what we need to do, and we will do that for a time but then begin to slack off. For instance, I’ve been told to take Vitamin D, especially during winter months, because we generally aren’t exposed to the sun as much as we are in the summer. Being in the sun helps produce vitamin D in the body….or something like that I’ve been told. So, if I would take Vitamin D all year long, my immune system would be stronger, and I wouldn’t get sick as often. That makes sense. Rather than take something only when I’m sick, I can follow the doctor’s orders and take some preemptive steps to combat sickness.
Ephesians 6:10 says ‘Be strong in the LORD.’ It basically means to follow the doctor’s orders by staying connected with Him. Our lives easily start to spin out of control, and we begin to feel beaten down and ready to give up due to a coming knock out when we fail to remain in His presence, under His influence, and following His ways. If you’re not following me, what I’m trying to say is this – the believer is capable when he is connected with God because God is able. Don’t wait for your life to get difficult before crying out to God and then when all is well to settle into your old ways until you need Him to bring health back to your life because you’re spiritually sick. If we would stay connected to Him and abide in Him, we would still face difficulties which may get us down but would be unable to knock us out because He is close and always available to strengthen us.
A daily dose of what you need the most….
Your body is able to stay healthier when it has the proper amount of vitamins, nutrition, and water in your system. Even drinking 8 glasses of water a day boosts your immune system. If we want to keep our spiritual lives boosted, so we can stand up under the most incredible pressures in life, we understand what Paul says next in verse 10, ‘and in his mighty power.’
Your not able to live the life of a believer without the strength of God. Compared to God, we have little strength and life stretches us beyond our limits. It’s here where are limits are reached that God shows He is limitless by giving us the strength to get up and keep pressing on…..we may go down momentarily, but we aren’t out by any stretch of the imagination. When I can’t, He can. When I come to the end of myself, I have found the beginning of Him. When I feel as if the way ahead is too difficult, He bears the burden as I give it to Him.
Maybe the pressures, difficulties, and perceived impossibilities are slowing you down and you feel as if they are about to knock you out. Right now, and every day from this point forward, seek the LORD and keep connected with Him and draw on His strength. Be encouraged by His promises, and trust in Him. Then, when life becomes more settled, stay connected and keep depending on Him and rather than get knocked out, you’ll be able to press on!