I fall short in every area of my life including when it comes to being thankful for my health and God’s provision for my health. I believe I am not alone in this. When we’re sick, we can be quick to moan and groan. When we’re waiting for test results or get a tough diagnosis, we can be quick to pray for healing. But is it possible we need to improve in our Thanksgiving to God concerning our health and well-being?
Do we thank the Lord for the health we do have? Or, if we’re nearing the end of our lives, do we thank Him for the good health He gave us in the past? Or for the little bit of health with which He is still blessing us? Oh, sure, we may have health issues. Some may even have really hard ones. But is it possible we’re falling short in being thankful to God for what is working right in our bodies and minds? And for those of us who have lots of aspects of our health not working, are we thanking Him for the people He sends to love us, help us, pray for us, care for us, show compassion toward us, etc.?
And what about the healthcare industry? I tend to complain about how much the healthcare system has declined. Seems it’s become one big business and it’s harder to find doctors who will take the time to really spend with their patients. To find genuine compassion coupled with medical expertise. To deal with the insurance companies, this can be hard. And, oh, the medical billing companies, the hospital systems that have taken over whole regions, I am quick to complain about this and how frustrated and stressed I am when a medical bill is all messed up and nobody will help me properly – for months!
But how quick – or slow – are we to be thankful that we can get medical care, that medication does exist, that there are some really good doctors, that we have good hospitals in America, for the times God heals us, for the health help He provides for us, etc.? Oh, let us be thankful. Let us declare to the Lord and show the Lord our Thanksgiving!
“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.” Psalms 96:1-3 KJV