The teaching and study of health is a very active part of most Seventh-day Adventist churches, services, schools, studies, programs and wellness activities. We have not had much of that for the last two or three years in our church, partly because of COVID. It was rather disappointing to my daughter and myself that Loma Linda, our Adventist Medical University in California, didn’t put out more guidelines and articles to help guide us through these times. At least some encouragement to wear masks and get vaccinated was scattered about, but nothing really pressing the importance of these things as much as we would have liked.
It is my opinion that the devil, who created-angel-who-rebelled-against-God-early-on, got so out-of-hand that he and his legions of angels-become-demons, who were cast out of Heaven with him and ultimately confined to the planet Earth to await their final destruction, who is now going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he will devour, was instrumental in creating the viruses and diseases that plague us. I also believe that God works with His people (those who believe in Him and His goodness) and helps them develop remedies and vaccinations that help us in our battle against things like COVID and Monkeypox.
Here is a beautiful hymn that came to Robin’s mind as she thought about all of this:
The Great Physician now is near
1The Great Physician now is near,
The sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus!
Sweetest note in seraph song;
Sweetest name on mortal tongue;
Sweetest carol ever sung:
Jesus, blessed Jesus!
2 Your many sins are all forgiv’n,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus;
The veil ’twixt you and God is riven,
Redemption wrought by Jesus.
3 All glory to the dying Lamb!
I now believe in Jesus;
I love the blessed Savior’s name,
I love the name of Jesus.
4 His name dispels my guilt and fear,
No other name but Jesus;
Oh, how my soul delights to hear
The precious name of Jesus!