Monday, March 30, 2015

"Invisible Things, Clearly Seen"

    It very much feels like a Divine healing.  I think it is.

    Throughout my lifetime, sinus issues have accompanied my earthly journey.  As a child in the 1960s, the medications available did little to help my symptoms, especially in the spring and fall.  I loved visiting my grandparents' farm during spring break and the summer, but I also remember difficult nights there when breathing through my nose was pretty much impossible.  My adult years have been somewhat better because of improved treatments.  However, I don't think I've ever consistently breathed through both nostrils (especially when sleeping) until the last week when a medication that recently became available over the counter has made a world of difference (in fairness to a dear friend, he told me for years I should obtain a prescription and try the product.  You were right, Mike!).  I can now breath (and smell!) like never before, and while I tip my cap to the scientists, technicians, and marketers whose expertise and labors made the medication available, I nevertheless perceive the remedy as of and from the Lord (as I wrote this, by the way, another friend called.  I mentioned the subject of this message and he responded that he also has used the product in the last few weeks to great success and relief).  

    Again, I do not discount the human element in this matter.  People imagined, planned, manufactured, and distribute the product.  They do so, however, with the means God provides, including knowledge, wisdom, material, and the ability to produce and provide the medication to the masses.  

    "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).

    The Bible affirms the medical field and its labors.  Two books of the New Testament were written by a physician, Luke (Colossians 4:14).  Medicines also receive the Divine affirmation in the Apostle Paul's advice to Timothy to "use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and thine often infirmities" (wine was a commonly used medicinal treatment in Biblical times - I Timothy 5:23).   Thus, God's healing may be acknowledged when administered through human means no less than when He chooses to touch our bodies directly in matters of sickness, disease, and injury.  This points to the Biblical truth and principle that the Lord often accomplishes Heavenly things through earthly means, as in sending His Son to save our eternal souls by conceiving and birthing the Lord Jesus Christ as a human being in womb of a human mother.  "Great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).  The Spiritual often manifests itself in and through the earthly.  We must therefore open our eyes to God's provisions administered in ways we will miss if do not see through the human and the corporeal to the Divine and the Heavenly.

    When God chooses to act in a direct spiritual manner, whether in healing, provision, protection, or the blessing of His presence, we rejoice.  We rejoice no less when He acts spiritually through earthly means.  However, we may not as readily recognize the hand of God when administered through the hand of man.  Since our very redemption came to us through such means and mode, however, we do well to keep out eyes open to God, as "manifest in the flesh."

"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood through the things which are made, even His eternal power and godhead."
(Romans 1:20)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Godliness with contentment is great gain.
(I Timothy 6:6)

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