Devotion

The Why behind Sickness and Death

by Greg Laurie on May 11, 2018
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
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I was getting a haircut the other day, and the stylist spent as much time trimming my ears as she did cutting my hair. I wonder why it is that hair doesn’t grow where you want it to grow, and it does grow where it shouldn’t grow.

As we age, our bodies wear out. This one of the results of the curse that came upon humanity in the Garden of Eden because Adam and Eve sinned. We know that sickness, and even death itself, is a result of it. Romans 5:12 tells us, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (NKJV).

In a broad sense, the very fact that our bodies don’t last forever, that our bodies wrinkle and age, and our hair falls out, is the result of that curse. Sickness is a part of the curse as well. It can come into the lives of Christians and even be allowed by God.

Sickness and death comes because of sin in general, but it also can come as a result of it. When Jesus healed a man who was paralyzed, He said, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you” (Matthew 9:2 NKJV). This indicates that in this man’s case, his paralysis was linked to personal sin. I’m not suggesting the reason someone is paralyzed or has a disability is because of personal sin. Not all sickness is the result of personal sin, but in this man’s case it was.

We all have to come to terms with our own mortality. The question is where will you go? Will you go to meet the Lord in Heaven? Or, will you be eternally separated from Him in a place called Hell?

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