A few years ago, I was sitting in the office of a dear friend and orthopedic surgeon. Because of his God-given skills, he was able to correct the misdiagnosis and prior operation of another physician which enabled me to walk once again.

As we sat and talked, he asked me how things had been going with my health. After explaining my ordeal with cancer and several other illnesses, he looked at me and said very seriously, “You have no reason to be alive!”

But he was wrong.

There was every reason for me to be alive. It was God who brought the healing to my body even though several physicians worked with Him along the way. It’s what God does. David was certainly aware of God’s role in the healing process when he wrote, “and (He) heals all your diseases.” If God is the one who heals all our diseases, why does He do this? Who is the beneficiary of His healing? Us or Him?

There is no doubt in my mind that God heals us so that we might bring honor and glory to Him by giving Him the credit and recognition and serving Him faithfully. If He restores our health, we must realize that it is a gift of His grace, and we show our gratitude to Him by telling others what He did for us and working with Him in this, His world.

We demonstrate our gratitude to Him, after we thank Him, by what we do for Him. Gratitude is not sincere until we become involved in building His Kingdom. Working with Him and through Him is not an option if what He has done for us means nothing to us.

Prayer:  Lord, we are not our own, but Yours. When You heal us, let us show how thankful we are by serving You with the healing You brought us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:3

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