Our verse for today comes from 1 Timothy 5:23, ” No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities. “
All week long, I have been battling a cold, or something similar to it. It hasn’t knocked me out, but I have been operating at less than 100%. And whenever I think that I’m coming down with something, I reach for the dietary supplement called Airborne . This effervescent tablet, which is primarily a high dosage of vitamin C and a few other healthy electrolytes and amino acids, is meant to minimize the effects and length of the sickness if taken at the earliest stages of the cold. So if possible, at the first twinge of a scratchy throat or the hint of a runny nose, I’ll dissolve a tablet in water and drink up, and repeat the process a couple more times for a day or two. For me, this concoction has proven to increase the rate at which I get back to full strength, while holding the symptoms and discomfort to a minimum. It’s a simple remedy, and one that sits well with me, since I’m not a big fan of taking a bunch of medicines, but nor do I need to be. For I consider that I wrestle with colds no more than the average person, and much less frequently than many. But if I had a more serious ailment, I figure that I would be willing to take whatever was effective at treating my condition.
In Paul’s training of Timothy, he possibly could have instructed his student to stay away from wine and drink only water. But now, Paul was directing Timothy to take care of himself with just enough wine to manage his stomach problems and other like infirmities. It was a simple, straightforward remedy, and one that probably did the trick. In your life, for the issues that crop up, or the ones that linger on a more continual basis, there is also a simple, straightforward remedy that comes from God. And it is no more than to fully give it to Him. At the first sign of anxiety or anger, when the blood pressure rises the least little bit, taking your concerns and frustrations to God is perfect for what ails you. No longer do what you’ve always done. By faith, through prayer, in His Word, or through song, let God take care of you.
As we seek Him today, turn your concerns and infirmities over to God, as soon and as early as possible, and let Him provide the healing that you need.