“I AM over your body! Your body is under My control, not your circumstances nor your dominance, for I wield your body as MY instrument to make Myself known.”
My Body is the Lord’s – In Sickness and In Health
I have had a love/hate relationship with my body. I am grateful for the agility and capabilities I enjoy, all the while, hating its frailty. With my hate has come my fear. Nothing can gain my attention quicker than a health crisis. Each and every emergency feels like a life or death proposition. And I think the thing that is the most grievous to me is that I feel controlled by my body’s demands. If it presents a requirement, I have to address it. If a malady appears, I must face it. This glorious palace I live in is my vehicle of life. It’s both a treasure and a prison.
I have done posts on being my body’s servant and shared how it felt like a prison of servitude. I’ve also expressed how God has used my injuries to reveal Himself to me. I saw Jesus in the amputation of my fingertip by a juicer. Not like seeing stars when you bump your head, but a revelatory light of His Lordship and experience of His worship in my body. I will never be the same from that experience. But today I have a different aspect of the relationship we have to our bodies.
My Body is the Lord’s – Completely
The other day Carole was experiencing a health crisis. It was a scary situation beyond her control. And she faced this situation through prayer and it was completely resolved. But in hearing of the dealing, I saw something so arresting. God IS completely over our bodies.
I can try to logic this one out all day long, but my relationship with my body is visceral and highly subjective. I have skin in the game, so to speak (hahaha). I am a triune being just like my Creator. I have a body, I have a soul, and I have a spirit. When my body is in bad shape, my soul responds to address the issue in fear (fight or flight). This is the soul’s mode of operation: scream and run, or buckle down in commando mode to fix it. Either way, it’s SELF to the rescue.
My other alternative is to allow my spirit to rise up in faith. My spirit doesn’t run on logic or reason, it yields to the Spirit of God in faith. My spirit faces crises according to the facts the Father relays. This is opposed to basing my information on appearance. I always have a choice but the Spirit will ever be my best solution.
My Body is the Lord’s – Moses’ Leprous Hand
The arresting revelation I had when hearing of Carole’s situation was about Moses. Moses stood at the precipice of facing down Pharaoh with God’s will. In that dealing, God showed Moses that He was over Moses’ body. (“I created it, I maintain it, and it’s Mine!”)
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out again, his hand was white as snow with a severe skin disease. “Now put your hand back into your cloak,” the Lord said. So Moses put his hand back in, and when he took it out again, it was as healthy as the rest of his body.
Exodus 4:6-7 NLT
My Body is the Lord’s – Power Over My World and Me
The Lord had to show Moses that He was over His body so He could prove He had power over his world. This is a lesson we all have to learn. God is God and God is over our bodies. Again, in logic I can get it, but I don’t face pain or malady with objectivity. I face it with DEFCON 1 RED ALERT! Don’t you?
What Moses came face to face with that day was his complete dependence on God, as well has His utter vulnerability to Him. This lesson is both crucial and scary! The fact that God is able to heal, while retaining the control of whether or not He does so, frightens the willies out of us. God wasn’t simply performing a parlor trick to entertain (“Watch Me pull a rabbit out of My hat!”); He was putting a stake into the ground of Moses’ heart. “I AM all-powerful, I AM God, and I AM in control!”
I know in my life I have come face to face with many a “leprous” situation. It might not have been actual leprosy, but it did make me feel utterly vulnerable. I was helpless in the hands of a God who had power to change my situation or not. He is able, He is willing, and He is in control.
Moses was dependent on his God. And God proved this in Moses’ own body. This lesson has been mine, too. I think it is the most powerful gift to KNOW He is sovereign over our bodies – period! If He can control my body, which is completely subjective, He can control my life and world.
The Lord says, “I AM over your body! Your body is under My control, not your circumstances nor your dominance, for I wield your body as MY instrument to make Myself known.”
You’ve been spying on me again (smile). Thank you for this sobering and wonderful word , so full of Truth. The vulnerability and total weakness we experience if He touches our body with pain or illness can bring us to Job-like despair, but can also bring us to full dependence on Him moment to moment and new levels of worship. Yet another tool of His love that establishes His Lordship in us, that all-consuming fire that destroys all that is without His Life.
He was putting a stake into the ground of Moses’ heart. “I AM all-powerful, I AM God, and I AM in control!” John, God profoundly has used your post today especially this portion concerning Mose’s life lesson .He has put my hip out of joint in this past 2 1/2 years of my wrestling match with Him over my debilitating health that continues to strip me of my illusion that I have any ownership of my life. I’m remembering a scene in the movie some years back “Far and Away ” . The scene the Lord is recalling to me… Read more »