Suffering and sickness in the Bible – Part 22
Also read about Jehoram son of Jehosphaphat, king over Judah who “caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit harlotry, and led Judah astray” in 2Chr. 21:4, 6, 11-19 and the depraved men of the city of Sodom, who were struck with blindness Gn. 19:4, 5, 11.
(11) Due to worry, seething anger, or envy/jealousy
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,” Prv. 12:25.
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret — it only causes harm,” Ps. 37:8.
“For wrath kills a foolish man, and envy slays a simple one.” (Job 5:2)
“A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.” (Prv. 14:30)
“Jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.” (Song of Sol. 8:6)
“Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Mt. 6:25).
Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply.
Worry may damage your health, cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts, disrupt your productivity, negatively affect the way you treat others, and reduce your ability to trust in God. How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing?
Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern. Worry immobilises, but concern moves you to action.
“Do no worry.” Jesus does not mean that it is wrong to make provision for future physical needs (cf. 2 Cor 12:14; 1 Tim 5:8). He does forbid anxiety or worry that shows a lack of faith in God’s fatherly care and love (Ezek. 34:12; 1 Pet 5:7).
“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Mat 6:30).
“If God so clothe.” These words contain God’s promise to all His children in this age of trouble and uncertainty. God has promised to provide for our food, clothing and necessities. We need not worry; if we seek to let God reign in our lives (v. 33), we can be sure that He will assume full responsibility for those wholly yielded to Him (Phil 4:6; 1Pet 5:7).
(12) Punishment from God for injustice, wickedness, dishonesty.
“But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.” (Prv.11:17).
Read Micah 6:9-16. The corruption of Israel; punishment of Israel’s injustice. 6:9-16 “The Lord’s voice cries.”
The Lord lists some of Israel’s sins and announces the judgment thy had to face.
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