This article is Part II of a three part series.
In this post, I'm going to look at priorities 1 - 7 from the list individually. Each priority item could receive several volumes of information about its relative importance. A lot could also be said just to introduce information about each intervention, so the explanations are by no means exhaustive or complete.
Obviously, I can’t say everything that needs to be stated for this top point as our top priority in seeking health. In point of fact, seeking the Lord God with all our heart is beyond our mere physical health. This affects everything. I just want to make three points for now. Point one is that in everything Christ should have the preeminence, and this would include our health because it includes everything. Point two is that our prayers for each other and ourselves should include our health. Point three is that God is always in control of everything including our health, and to not seek him is a very big mistake.
Christ is Preeminent Over Our Health and Everything
In the Bible it says, speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col 1:18, NKJV). Christ is always the first in importance in everything because he is the head all things. Since Christ is preeminent and first in order of importance, our need for seeking Him comes at the top of our list. This is true for everything including health.
Our Prayers for One Another Should include Health
The apostle John stated it this way, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2). It is fitting for us to prosper and be in health. Remember, though, God is in control, and oftentimes, even though we should pray and seek Him for our health and that of others, we are not promised to always have health.
The fact of us being mortal alone means we will not always have health. That said, God in His mercy may grant us health this side of judgement.
In either case, there is another promise that everything will work out for our good if we are trusting in Christ. (Rom. 8:28). Even though we may die, we will live again in heaven, and God will give us a new body in the new heavens and earth after the final judgement. So, in a sense, when we pray to be in health, if we are in Christ, we do have a promise of always receiving it, just not always right now, this side of judgement.
It is a Mistake to Not Seek God for Our Health
We are warned to seek God first because it is He who will determine the outcome. Let me share an example of this principle.
King Asa was a king of Judah in around the 9th Century B.C. When King Asa was younger, he was more faithful at seeking the Lord God. However, as he became older, King Asa tended to rely on his own abilities more and more. At one point, for example, he tried to buy his way out of trouble instead of going to the Lord for help when an enemy was attacking Judah. His final demise came when he had a disease in his feet. “And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians. So, Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.” (2 Chr. 12-13, NKJV).
The point is that we should pray to the Lord about our health and trust Him for His answer. If you will excuse the double negative, God is not telling us that we should not seek the help of physicians. He is telling us, if we do seek the physicians, God is still in control of our health. We can trust Him.