The little row of gravestones, toppled by age and vandals, held the names of five children: brothers and sisters. Ranging in age from 3 to 18 years, three of the children passed away during one week in June, 1873. With no death certificates on record, one is left to guess which childhood disease invaded their home and took them away.
Life is much different for today’s family. While there are still diseases that threaten even children, we can have hope and confidence in medicine and good medical care when we face the crisis of an illness. But should we put our faith in medicine, or should we have faith in God and use medicine to treat illness?
The use of medical care and the availability of medication in America have changed drastically since our nation was founded, with the last 75 years bringing great strides in the curing and prevention of disease through discoveries such as penicillin. In the early years of the 20th century, some cities had an infant mortality rate of 30%, with 1 in 3 babies who survived birth dying before age one. In 1900, the average lifespan was 47 years, while today we have an average lifespan of 76 years. How different the experience of life would have been for those living in past centuries had they had access to the knowledge and care we enjoy today!
But does it show a lack of faith in God to make use of medication and good medical care? The answer lies in where we are putting our trust. Do we rely on God to bring healing through the use of medication, or do we simply take what is prescribed and put our confidence in the treatment alone? Knowing the Author of life will move us to put our faith where it must be:
In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10
We are stewards of wonderful care in America today. Medications and vaccines have eliminated much pain and suffering from our lives. Most would agree that this is a blessing from God–one to receive with a thankful heart. When we trust in God for healing, whether through medicine or miraculous intervention, we acknowledge Him as the source.
Where do you place your trust when you need physical healing–in medication alone, or in the One Who holds all life in His Hands? Maybe you are experiencing physical trials today: can we pray for you at the Bottom Line Ministries?
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