The “everything falls apart” title above must be apparent,
not only to me, but to many of you also. Recently we have
all read about some well-known Christian brethren who have
gone on to glory. Others are almost completely debilitated;
one awesome Christian writer has just recently suffered a
massive heart attack and is now recovering. There’s just no
good way to describe what’s going on in this fallen world,
except to say “Everything Falls Apart.”
Many of you have been very concerned about my health recently and have written
to me expressing that concern with promises of prayers for me and for my family.
I am a firm believer in God’s power to heal as well as His commitment to His
children to answer all prayers. Prayers are our petitions to God and of course
He hears all our petitions, we should never put ourselves in a position of
denying that fact. A trip to my doctor last week confirmed my suspicion that my
disease is getting worse. My facial muscles are beginning to droop quite
noticeably, and keeping my eyes open is now getting very difficult. My strength
has all but left my body and I’m exhausted as soon as I get to my feet. The
disease I have is neuro-muscular; my auto-immune system is failing. In other
words my body is killing itself. The worst part of this is my throat closes off
to the point that I can only swallow liquids. This has caused a weight loss of
almost 60 lbs since the first of the year and I’m continuing this trend at the
rate of approximately 5 lbs per week.
Then there’s the prostate cancer which invaded my body about two years ago now.
It had to be radically addressed because it is of the very aggressive type. Some
of you might cringe at what my doctor had to do to keep the cancer cells from
multiplying. It’s called medical castration and it works exactly the way you
might imagine. I’m a firm believer and living proof that the truth of the matter
is the curse is in full force in this universe as we can plainly see that
“Everything Falls Apart.”
Scientists call this falling apart entropy. It seems the second law of
thermodynamics is alive and well as everything goes from order to disorder.
Nothing is excluded from the effects of entropy, nothing. The whole universe is
affected and Paul tells us that “For we know
that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
Paul then goes on to explain our hope and how the Holy Spirit helps us even in
our infirmities as we pray because many times we don’t even know what to pray
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man
seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we
with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for
we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that
searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all
things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.”
So in all circumstances pray, because that’s where God dwells.
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ;”
The worst thing we can do is to blame God for entropy (the falling apart of
everything) we must endure. After all, it was the first couple, our pre-flood
against God which caused a curse on the entire universe. God gave Adam the world
yet he was unable to comprehend just exactly what God had given him. After Adam
and Eve’s rebellion we can assume they understood their new situation quite
well. Sorrowful doesn’t begin to describe what they must have felt as he and Eve
got the boot from their most prestigious home in Eden’s perfect Garden.
When we begin to feel what many would consider extreme effects of entropy we
usually seek help, help from God first, and then we might turn to a specialist
in the field of our particular aliment. And encouragement during these times is
as important as any medical treatment. In my case many of you have become,
through encouragement and prayers, very close friends. Encouragement is a life
line especially when our individual world begins to grow dimmer. Surely many of
my brethren are in the same physical condition as I am, maybe not with the same
diagnosis of illness, but perhaps with just as many physical limitations.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he
did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also
justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say
to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? ”
These words were recently a portion of a very encouraging
letter which a reader sent to me.
They were exactly what this follower of Jesus Christ needed to hear.
I’ve had plenty of occasions lately, as my wife can attest to, when I have been
so exhausted that to continue the commentaries seemed impossible. Somehow God
gives me the strength to get the next commentary done. The idea of sitting
around and doing nothing just doesn’t fit in God’s plan for our life. God
expects His children to keep going; always being assured of the fact that He
will continue with us. Remember, we are told to hold fast to the faith, and to
occupy ‘til He comes.
Everyone’s faith will be tested at some point in their walk with Christ; and I’m
no different. My faith has surely been tested over the last couple of years.
Yet James tells us
“Blessed is the man that endureth
temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the
Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
My illness has caused me, many times, to wonder how I can possibly be of any
further use to God. Yet He never fails to show me just how useful I can be. When
I question God on the commentary’s usefulness, invariably folks respond in huge
numbers telling me just how much they needed to hear what I’ve just written.
Isn’t God great? He never lets us down, and He never will, and that’s a fact.
Everything falls apart, that’s for sure and for certain. But when our bodies
begin to deteriorate to a point that we feel useless it’s then that God can
genuinely use us for His glory. When our strength is so depleted that we can
hardly walk across the room, then there’s no doubt that it’s God’s strength that
sustains us. When all seems useless, when the world seems to be closing in on us
from every side, then it’s God’s words that bring us comfort and the strength to
God bless you all,
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