Sickly Seeks Health

Consider a person who is in rather poor health. As Sickly is bemoaning his situation, a man appears to him in a vision and says that he has been sent to bring him health.  Sickly is delighted to hear this and asks what he must do to receive health. The man says “believe in me”.  That sounds easy, so Sickly readily agrees. Before he leaves, Sickly asks the man’s name and he replies “Exercise”.  The next morning Sickly awakes with the impression that he should walk around the block before breakfast.  Even though he knows it could be good for his health, he brushes off the impression because he just needs to believe to be healthy.  This continues for a month after which “Exercise” appears again and asks how his health is.  Sickly replies, “Just as poor as ever.  Where’s the health you promised to give me?” Exercise says, “Did you walk every morning as I put it in your mind to do?”  Sickly replies, “No – you said that I just had to believe.”  Exercise replies sternly, “If you believe in me, you will do what I tell you to do.”

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46

Obedience to the Lord is not optional.