Everyone desires good health. And God has promised good health to His children. Nothing pleases God as seeing His people prosper and be in health. The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ has provided healing of diseases for those who believe. But the soul must be prospering. A soul that prospers is controlled by the Spirit of God.
Proverbs 3:7-8 warns, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. This will bring health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Malnourished bones are responsible for poor quality of bone marrow and blood. Therefore, health of the bone is fundamental to health of the body. Marrow nourishes and moistens the bones, thereby making them strong and healthy. Bone marrow produces red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells. When something goes wrong with the blood the whole body is affected. The Bible says that life is in the blood. The condition of the blood is always an indication of someone’s health.
What marrow is to the bones, the fear of God is to the soul of man. Fear of God will establish and strengthen people against sin and cause them to do the will of God. Fear of God is not only useful in the salvation of the soul but also in the health and welfare of the body. It will prevent those diseases which are often contracted through sinful lusts and passions. It will keep the soul in good state. It is the beginning of wisdom.
Obeying, honouring and pleasing God brings health to the body. On the contrary, disobeying, dishonouring and displeasing God is responsible for some sicknesses. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
The fear of the Lord prolongs life: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened (Proverbs 10:27). The more we internalise the Word of God, the better for our health. The Word of God is medicine that we need to take always to bring healing. It has the power to change lives – to bring solutions to all emotional, physical, spiritual and relational issues. If you believe that the Word of God is medicine, how regularly do you comply with this divine prescription? How often do you take this medicine?
Obedience is a key to good health. Exodus 15:26 says, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
Disobedience to God is sin. And sin separates us from God, making us miss His provisions, mercy and grace. Disobedience attracts curses. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 has a long list of afflictions and diseases caused by not fully obeying God. Doctors and medicines cannot provide relief for such curses imposed by God. Verse 29 says, “And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.”
Only God can reverse the prognosis of such disaster. Usually, sincere repentance resulting in the forgiveness of sin can cause reversal of the curse.
Those who serve and please God will be blessed. You must be carrying out God’s assignment wholeheartedly and giving generously to receive God’s blessings. Exodus 23:25 says, “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread, and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.” Your vitality will be renewed as you serve God and you will not grow weary. You will be healed of your sickness and will be refreshed and strengthened. This will enable you to accomplish those things which God has planned for you to do.
This may appear like fantasy to some people because a natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God. In fact, they are foolishness to him. In order to discern the spiritual implications of health, you must be born again. You must have a personal and intimate relationship with God.