This Sickness Is Not Done Unto Death – John, 11:4

Devotionals, Featured | August 17, 2010


From God’s word we learn that there is a limit to sickness.  Here is an “unto” within which its ultimate end is restrained and beyond which it cannot go.  Lazarus was to  pass through death but it was not the ultimatum of his sickness.  In all sickness, even the waves of pain, the Lord saith, “Hitherto shall ye go but no further,” His fixed purpose is not the destruction but the instruction of His people.

The limit is encouragingly comprehensive. The God of providence has limited the time, manner, intensity, repetition effects of all sicknesses, each throb is decreed, each sleepless hour predestined, each relapse ordained, each depression of spirit foreknown and each sanctifying result eternally purposed.  Nothing great or small escapes the ordaining hands of Him that numbers the hairs upon our head.

The limit is wisely adjusted according to our strength, to the end design, and to the grace apportioned.  Affliction comes not haphazardly, but the weight of every stroke of the rod is measured.  He who made no mistakes is balancing the clouds and meting the heavens, commits no errors in measuring out the ingredients which compose the medicine of souls.  We can not suffer too much nor be relieved too late.

The limit is tenderly appointed. The knife of the heavenly surgeon never cuts deeper than absolutely necessary.  “He doeth not afflict willing, nor grieve the children of men.” Even a mother’s cry to save my child is a cry of compassion but it has no comparison to the compassion of God.  When we consider how stiff necked and hard mouthed we are it’s a wonder we are not driven with a sharper bit.  The thought is full of consolation that He who has fixed the bounds of our habitation, has also fixed the bounds of our tribulation.

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