Be in Health
Be Strong, Be Well — Friday, July 24
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
We keep talking about these “uncertain” times. This is true when we consider what might happen, what could happen, and the outcome of those things we don’t know—things we can’t know.
Our future health is uncertain. We don’t have a guarantee of how life will treat us. As we grow older, health problems increase.
“The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). The longer we live the more physical troubles we’ll have.
Solomon illustrates this in a very poetic way in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7. Verse one states, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them."
For this reason, Paul prayed for the health of his good friend, Gaius. The apostle was confident of his spiritual health. He knew Gaius was a strong, faithful Christian. Therefore, he prayed that his physical health would match the level of his spiritual health.
Let’s be praying this prayer for all of our Christian brothers and sisters. Begin with our River Road family. Extend the reach of our prayer to all Christians we know elsewhere, and those we don’t know everywhere.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” —Chris