The Cure

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    THE world is waiting for a cure. The Cure. The cure that will finally set us free from being sequestered in our homes — whether we’re living in gilded cages or boxes that hold us and our belongings together.

    Most of us watch the news each day, so eager and hopeful for a cure to finally be found. Ironically, what we don’t realize is that The Cure is already right here with us. We’re just too distracted or flustered.

    Sickness, death, the loss of family members, the loss of a job or business, the loss of money and assets, the death and decay of an industry, the plague that can ultimately decimate a country — all these things haunt us, each day that the Covid virus relentlessly thrives and kills.

    Sickness and death are the great equalizers, we’ve heard it said. Both are no respecter of persons. The billionaire’s  gardener can live longer than his master. No amount of money, no advancement in science and technology, can guarantee who can live longer than the other.

    “You (God) saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They cannot be numbered.” This is the psalmist talking to God in Psalms 139:16.

    It’s pretty self-explanatory. God absolutely knew us, and knows us, even before we were born. He has a book. And in it is written ALL the details of ALL the days of our lives. It also says exactly how many days we will live.

    Nothing can extend our lives. Nothing can shorten it either. Because the number of our days was already pre-determined even before we were born. Pause and think of that.

    Who pre-ordained how long we can live? God, of course. After all, He’s our Creator. He’s the only One who has the authority to do things like that. It’s a no-brainer, right?

    So this means that sickness, a pandemic, a natural catastrophe, an injury, a murder, a medical mistake, a freak accident, etc. doesn’t shorten our lives. The way we die is just the way God chose to end our lives here. We have absolutely no control over it.

    Of course we should keep safe and healthy, do our best not to get sick and not to make others sick, and if we wish, do whatever it takes to extend our lives if ever we end up in the ICU… but at the end of the day, we can only try. It’s God who decides the end-results. If we fully understand this, it’ll totally liberate us from paralyzing fear and anxiety.

    For example, in our family, we’ve have a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law who both had cancer, around five years apart. Our son-in-law got cancer first — terminal cancer (only six months to live) because his cancer was inoperable, resistant to chemo, resistant to radiation. God closed all the doors. Our son-in-law also had very limited funds. He considered himself as one of the walking dead.

    Our daughter-in-law got cancer around five years later. Her prognosis wasn’t good but she wasn’t terminal. She was successfully treated with the latest chemo and immunotherapy treatments, and advanced-technology surgeries because she and our son could afford it. While being treated, she didn’t have to quit working as an SVP in one of the world’s largest international banks. She was ok most of the time.

    Guess who survived? Against all odds, our son-in-law survived. God healed him. God gave him a miracle. He was healed in eight months. He’s been cancer-free for ten years, lives a normal life, and is gainfully employed.

    Our daughter-in-law, however, crossed over to heaven last year. God extended her life for 5.5 years. Those were good years. But God didn’t heal her. God didn’t give her a miracle.

    Hundreds of people prayed hard for both of them. We thought our daughter-in-law would be healed too, because her odds were definitely much better than our son-in-law’s.

    But God’s ways are not our ways. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. Our daughter-in-law’s time here was over. Her work was already done. God predetermined that her mission was to be completed in 43 years. Jesus finished His in about 33.

    What can we learn from this?

    First, we must realize that God has already predetermined how long we’re supposed to live. So it’s useless to worry, to be afraid, to be anxious. No sickness can kill us if it’s not yet our time. But we must do our best to keep ourselves safe and healthy. That’s being responsible. God will reward us for that.

    Second, we must maximize our time for God. Instead of stewing and worrying about incomes lost, properties devaluing, businesses going down, let’s remember that everything belongs to God. We’re just stewards. Nothing we have is ours. Nothing. It all belongs to God. So we must maximize our talents, knowledge, skills, and resources for God.

    If we are honest, fruitful stewards of His money and assets — then we can be sure of this: He’s going to provide us with everything we need to live an abundant life. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus Our Lord.” (Philippians 4:19)

    There’s also this amazing promise from Jesus Himself: “The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

    If you want to avail of this priceless promise which covers your life here, and eternity-future, you first have to become a member of Christ’s family.

    Just like you have to apply first, get screened, and then pay the hefty membership fee — before you can be accepted as a member of a luxurious country club. You enjoy its privileges and facilities only if you’re accepted as a member. This is a really paltry comparison, but you get the drift, I hope.

    If you want to be a member of Christ’s family and avail of the benefits of an abundant life, you first have to: 1) admit that you’re a sinner, 2) believe that Jesus Christ died in your place, to pay the penalty for your sins.

    And 3) which is the important condition: you have to personally talk to Jesus, and ask Him to be your Savior and Lord.

    In short, you have to ask Him to save you. And you have to promise that you’ll obey Him for the rest of your life. That’s the ex-deal. That’s your membership fee: surrender your life to Jesus so that you can enter heaven, as God’s child.

    You can’t be a member of Christ’s family unless you fulfill those conditions. These aren’t man-made rules. They’re God’s rules. They’re based on what God says in the Bible:

    “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God..” (John 1: 12)

    Please look it up yourself. You might be surprised (like I was) to know that not everyone is a child of God. On the contrary, it’s a RIGHT given by God — but only to those who believe that Jesus Christ alone paid the penalty for their sins; and to those who receive Him in their lives as their own Savior and Lord.

    Jesus is The Cure. He is the answer to all our fears, anxieties, worries, sickness, depression, failures, frustrations, addictions, and all things that plague the world.

    The real pandemic is sin. Jesus Christ is the shield, The Cure, that can protect us from all that threatens to harm or kill us, for eternity.

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