HELPS TO BETTER HEALTH
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Prov. -22).
In the sickroom of the heart He may say little, but His radiant personality transforms it. Where He is, abounding life is, and that life is overflowing into us. Where He is there is perfect love, for in the depths of His being He is love. And to wait on God is not to ask for benefits; it is something anterior to that. It is to maintain the consciousness that He is here. That is how waiting upon God renews strength. The restorative medicine is Himself. “Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” To maintain the consciousness through broken days that in Him we live and move and have our being is to escape as a bird out of the fowler’s snare.—G. H. Morrison.
It is noted that George Müller, though a man always of delicate constitution physically, began evangelistic tours at the age of seventy, involving a period of seventeen years, and of travel aggregating a distance of eight times around the world. He continued to carry much of the responsibility of the Orphanage besides, until beyond the age of ninety. As a young man his frequent illness and general debility had apparently disqualified him for all military duty, and many prophesied early death or hopeless succumbing to disease, yet at the age of ninety-two he is quoted as saying, “I have been able, every day and all the day, to work, and that with ease, as seventy years since.” He ascribed his marvelous preservation to three causes:
(1) The exercising himself to have always a conscience void of offense both toward God and toward men;
(2) To the love he felt for the Scriptures, and the constant recuperative power they exercised upon his whole being (Prov. 4:20) and;
(3) To the happiness he felt in God and His work, which relieved him of all anxiety and needless wear and tear in his labors.