Not a day goes by that we don’t become aware of the limitations that we have in our bodies. Some walk with a limp, some take their daily dose of medicine, and again others simply realise they are not as strong, fast, or enduring as they’d like to be. And in case these examples are not relatable, limitation that we all have in common are our needs to sleep, eat, and drink. We are constantly reminded that we have bodily limitations that we can’t rid ourselves of.
This is not the ideal state. Even the fact that we age and physically deteriorate is the opposite of what God originally created in and for Adam and Eve before they sinned and were banished from Eden. As great as life is, we can’t escape the reality that a sort of curse of decay is all around and inside of us.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
There is hope: God is sovereign and supreme over all things. Whatever happens in this world, God is in control of it. It is either his active doing that causes something or he simply allows certain things to take place in order to fulfil a greater plan. He oversees everything outside of spatial or temporal limitations and everything is known to the Lord. There are no exceptions to this. So, if we trust in God with everything we are, there is nothing more comforting than the knowledge that God was, is, and always will be supreme.
On one occasion when Jesus was healing many on the Sabbath, a glimpse of what is reality in the presence of God was revealed:
… he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.
What an amazing sight this had to be. People with all sorts of illnesses were trying desperately to touch Jesus for healing. They realised that a simple touch would be enough; literally and figuratively. Let us look forward with overwhelming joy to that day when we are able to touch our Saviour to receive forever-lasting restoration of body and mind.
They will neither hunger nor thirst,
nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
and lead them beside springs of water.
It is a great promise that every true believer has to embrace fully and prioritise when facing the limits of this world. If it isn’t, the circumstances of this life can be overwhelming and depressing. Jesus provides the only cure that will never wear off, expire, or be ineffective.