On my previous post, I talked about how the words that come out of our mouths is a reflection of the condition of our hearts and how sins can cause physical diseases. Now, I will expound a little deeper on physical ailments due to sin. I want to be very clear though that not all diseases are caused by our sinful ways and behaviors.
In today’s culture, the entertainment mediums are flooded with sexual scenes and full of filthy language. Men and women dress not for protection but for sensual enticement to the opposite sex. Clubs and social places are hubs for finding mates that lead to casual sex. Hollywood couples change partners just as easily as they change their wardrobes and marriage vows are no longer permanent promises but only last until the other is dissatisfied with the relationship. I can go on and on with this but I know you get the picture.
If you live your life without any care in the world just so you can have your way – alright maybe not this kind of life but you live a coquettish kind of lifestyle; involve in illegal activities or maybe a subtle way of life that you know is in conflict with God’s laws and you can feel the Lord putting his hand on this kind of behavior and still you continue living that way, don’t be surprised if you find yourself in bondage – it might be financial problems, issues with your career, marriage, or suffer from health issues. Remember, that for every action, there is a corresponding blessing or consequence that goes with it.
Take the case of King David who committed adultery with Bathsheba and who eventually had her husband, Uriah, killed in the heat of the battle.
Found below is the Psalm of David written during the lowest point of his life when God chastised him for his sin that he so covered until Nathan, the prophet, exposed it right at his face.
Psalm 38: 1 – 11
A psalm of David, to bring us to the LORD’s remembrance.
O LORD, don’t rebuke me in your anger!
Don’t discipline me in your rage!
Your arrows have struck deep,
and your blows are crushing me.
Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
my health is broken because of my sins.
My guilt overwhelms me
it is a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and stink
because of my foolish sins.
I am bent over and racked with pain.
my days are filled with grief
A raging fever burns within me,
and my health is broken.
I am exhausted and completely crushed.
My groans come from an anguished heart.
You know what I Iong for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
and I am going blind.
My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
Even my own family stands at a distance.
WINDING AND TWINING AND SHRINKING
Some scholars think David wrote this psalm shortly after his sin with Bathsheba. Other says he must have written it later when he was in ill health. Whenever it was that David wrote the psalm he knew that he was sick and that he had sinned.
John Bunyan, the author of the Pilgrim’s Progress, records a similar time of anguish. Bunyan had just become a Christian when he succumbed to temptation. Spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical disturbances knotted him up. He wrote: “I struck into a very great trembling, insomuch that sometimes I could, for whole days together, feel my very body, as well as my mind, to shake and totter under the sense of the dreadful judgment of God … I felt also such a clogging and heat at my stomach, by reason of this my terror, that I was, especially at some times, as if my breast bone would have split in sunder . . . . Thus did I wind, and twine, and shrink, under the burden that was upon me, which burden did so oppress me that I could neither stand, nor go, nor lie, either at rest or quiet.”
God has made us in such a way that our spiritual well-being is closely connected with our physical well-being. When we are plagued by guilt, all is anguish, fear, and loneliness. Is there any way out? Yes! We find it in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”
David Wilkerson has succinctly written a topic regarding this issue. It will give you a much detailed, thorough explanation of the consequence of hidden sin.
Strive to have a clean heart and live a godly life so you will have a blessed, rich life in this world and in eternity.
Petersen, William and Petersen, Randy. One Year Book of Psalms. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 1999.