Everybody wants to go to Heaven, nobody wants to die! The verse today tells us that to stay healthy we should turn our backs on evil, and fear the Lord. God is a loving Father and not somebody to be afraid of. The answer to every sickness is in Him.
As we trust Him, we become more like Him. We have to stop reacting to situations as the world reacts. Most of us have spent years being educated by the world where we are taught to rely on ourselves, on what we have learned in school or at home.
We too are being transformed. Be encouraged that your transformation is well on its way. All we have to do is spend quality time in His presence, read His Word, listen to His voice, and the changes will happen. His Spirit works in us to make us into His light.
God made it clear to the disciples who Jesus was. Do you know who you are in God's eyes? Do you radiate His light? Jesus is the Light of the world, but He also says You are the light of the world. He is talking to you and me!
It is not natural for us humans to be happy through the trials and tribulations of life, and they are many. We complain about our lot, we moan about those who have caused pain, whether physical or emotional. We get depressed. Our natural reaction is to try to avoid problems.
The Lord created the caterpillar to grow up into a butterfly. He creates each one of us to grow and change spiritually and physically. The Lord has so much more for us, if only we will retreat into a cocoon with Him and allow Him to melt and change us.
One more day on this verse which is so rich. Inside the cocoon, the caterpillar completely dissolves into a liquid and the butterfly is a totally new construction out of that liquid. The Bible suggests the same for us. The plan of God is that we change beyond recognition.
Baby dogs, look like their parents, baby spiders look like their parents, as do birds, reptiles, and certainly people, but not butterflies!! The change that happens in the life of a caterpillar to make it into a butterfly is an interior change before it becomes an outward one.
If you ask a high level student for his opinion on something, they will speak out of their studious mind, and tell you for examples what Descartes said, or what Shakespeare wrote. Their minds have been renewed to think like the people they have studied. We must do the same!
The way we show others that we have faith in Jesus, is by doing what He did. I am guilty of not fulfilling His command. I know that I need to be more transformed. I need to continue being transformed. It is not a once in a lifetime process.