…and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13
When I was a kid, my Uncle Bob had a dog. I can’t remember the dog’s name, only that it liked to chase kids and bite them. Every time we were over there, Uncle Bob would remind us that when the dog charges, don’t run, just stand still. The dog can’t chase if you don’t run. Sounds like good advice, but I was never able to do that. I ran every time the dog charged me. I never got bit that I remember, but I remember dreading seeing that dog. Each time I would repeat my uncle’s advice – stand still, stand still, stand still, but my feet ran anyway.
This verse is telling us that when we are being attacked by an enemy – be it sickness, lies, tormenting thoughts, disease, whatever – that there are things we can do and having done those things, all that is left is to stand firm. Easier said than done. I know. The things mentioned in this passage are the things referred to as the full armor of God. Things in the spiritual realm.
In this time that I am in believing for a physical healing, in addition to putting on the full armor of God, there are things in the natural I can do. I can choose to eat healthier foods, exercise more, learn ways of dealing with stress, and keep myself fed up on the Word of God. In short, I have come to see that taking care of business means taking care of me. This doesn’t come easy to me; I have taken care of other people all my life. I was always on the bottom of the list and seldom were resources available for me by the time everyone else’s needs were met.
But I see it differently now. I can’t take care of others if I won’t take care of me. Expecting God to heal me when I won’t do my part is tantamount to tempting Him. Ultimately, the end result is in His hands, but, by His grace, I can take care of the business He shows me to take care of.
Have you found it easy to neglect your needs to take care of others? How has that worked for you? What if we decide we are worth taking care of? Would that be ok?
Thank You Lord, for showing me the importance of taking care of me. Forgive me for all the years I have not done that. Grant me the grace to change how I eat and exercise and anything else You show me to do. I know You are my Healer God and I stand firm in that knowledge. I will do my part, by Your grace and leave the outcome in Your hands, Amen.