There are many potential diseases and dangers that can affect your physical health when you are serving overseas on the mission field. They may include malaria, HIV Aids, Ebola, TB, syphilis, sleeping sickness, whooping cough, measles, MS, Autism, Diabetes and many others. Our saints in the faith who have served, or are serving abroad, face these threats to their health every day. Today’s threat of terrorism and political persecution is real as well. “OK. You scared me. No overseas assignment for me. I will stay and be a missionary right here at home.”
Is that what our Great Physician Yahweh-Rophe – the Lord who heals, desires for us?
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” – Exodus 15:26In Mark 16:17-18, we read, “In the name of Jesus, the sick are healed.” If there is healing, there must be sickness throughout our entire world. Imagine a person raised and living in a germ-free environment who is then forced to live in a dump full of sewage and waste. Jesus existed in a perfect sin-free environment and chose to come rescue us in our sin-filled, dark world—He came from light into darkness. He was not only tempted as we are, but took our place on the cross to make us righteous in Him, through faith.
Christ came to be what we are so we could become what He is.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13Christ cares for us wherever we serve or live. Our physical health on the mission field and everywhere else is under His watchful eye.
“Casting all your care upon him; for He cares for you.” – I Peter 5:7