God’s Grace

My wife and I spent 17 years in Seattle. During the winter the days are wet and overcast. We saw very little sun. We learned the value of taking vitamin C and D to boost our immune systems. The vitamin D helped sublimit the sun we took for granted while growing up in Montana. There was a time when we would tell our friends that vitamin D is the best way to prevent a cold and we gave the credit for our health to this vitamin.

I’m a big fan of vitamins so consider what I say next carefully. I’m not encouraging you to flush your vitamins today. But God often uses the small things in life to show us His will for our lives. He started speaking to my heart about my statements concerning vitamins. “Is it really vitamins that give you health? Are you really kept healthy because you take these tablets religiously every day?”

The truth is, God is my healer. In quiet, unexpected ways He meets my needs every day. He gives me good health. He created the vitamins that I’m taking. I realized that I wasn’t wrong for taking these vitamins but I was wrong because I didn’t give the glory to God.

The Lord spoke to my heart, “When we give glory to anything on this earth we make that thing an idol”. 

Then I saw the ritual that I had setup around taking vitamins. I took them religiously every day. I felt that my day was not successful unless I started out swallowing vitamins C and D.  I was broken when I thought through what I was doing. I realized I was caught up in modern day heathenism.

Paul confronted the Galatians about their faith. They were believers outside the Jewish Law and circumcision.  They were living strong lives for the Lord. But some among them said they needed to be circumcised to be truly saved. This seemed like the right thing to do but Paul explained that they were setting aside the Grace of Christ in their lives.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.  Galatians 2:20-21

I realized that I was setting aside the grace of God when I turned to vitamins for my health and healing. I still take vitamins but I realize now that I should not give the glory to these things on earth for my health. My praise should be directed to God alone.

Like Paul, I choose not to set aside the Grace of God. And I pray that the Father reveals any other subtle way that I grieve the heart of God