MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
“Everything in the heavens has a body, and so does everything on earth. But each one is very different from all the others. The sun isn’t like the moon, the moon isn’t like the stars, and each star is different. That’s how it will be when our bodies are raised to life. These bodies will die, but the bodies that are raised will live forever. These ugly and weak bodies will become beautiful and strong. As surely as there are physical bodies, there are spiritual bodies. And our physical bodies will be changed into spiritual bodies.”
1 Corinthians 15:40-44 (CEV)
SOMEDAY SOON: THERE WILL BE NO SICKNESS
What Doctors Say and What They Actually Mean:They say: “It could be one of several things.” They mean: “I haven’t the foggiest idea what’s wrong with you.” They say: “Are you sure you haven’t had this before?” They mean: “Because you’ve got it again.” They say: “I’d like to run that test again.” They mean: “The lab lost your blood sample.” They say: “Insurance should cover most of this.” They mean: “You’ll have to sell your house to cover the rest.” They say: “These pills have very few side effects.” They mean: “You may experience sudden hair growth on your palms.” They say: “Why don’t you go over your symptoms with me one more time.” They mean: “I don’t remember who you are.” They say: “There’s a lot of this going around.” They mean: “And we’ll give it a name as soon as we figure out what it is.” [David Grimes in Reader’s Digest]
One of the promises of heaven is that we won’t need doctors anymore. The Bible teaches we will get a new spiritual body that will be beautiful and strong. 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
As we get older it seems we talk more and more about our physical ailments and doctor visits. That is a normal part of living in a fallen world. The hope of Christians is that one day in heaven we will no longer have bodies that get sick or broken. And if we take the advice of 2 Corinthians 4:16 we will not lose heart. Sickness can be discouraging but God has given us words of encouragement to get us through. How have you seen your own body “wasting away?” How does the world make you feel about your body’s weakness? How does God want you to feel about your body’s weakness? We should take care of our bodies while we are here but know that one day God will make them perfect.