This is an interesting exercise to use with many and varied Scripture verses. Compare one verse in a number of different versions of the Bible to see the subtle nuances of understanding and comprehension of the heart of God in each one! Psalm 41:3 is the passage chosen today.
- The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness. (NIV)
- Whenever we’re sick and in bed, God becomes our nurse, nurses us back to health. (The Message)
- The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness You restore him to full health. (English Standard Version)
- The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness thou healest all his infirmities. (Revised Standard Version)
- You always heal them and restore their strength when they are sick. (Contemporary English Version)
- The LORD will help them when they are sick and will restore them to health. (Today’s English Version)
- The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. (KJV)
- The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed. (NKJV)
This verse of Scripture (above) reveals that God’s people may indeed become ill, even to the point of being confined to one’s bed. However, with a steadfast, constant, unwavering faith in God and in His Word, we will experience complete restoration to a healthy state. Meditation upon the Word of God and a heartfelt agreement with Scriptures will give us a firm foundation to stand upon in the process of healing.
Here are additional passages that deal with the topic of supernatural healing:
If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you. (Ex 15:26 NKJV)
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. (Mal 4:2 NKJV)
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases . . . (Ps 103:3 NKJV)
. . . who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Pet 2:24)
There is no shame in sickness nor does it always indicate a lack of faith or a presence of sin. We live in fleshly bodies on this planet for a season. Even though we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, there are tests and trials of faith in various realms that we encounter, and we have the privilege of passing through each trial victoriously by faith in Christ and His redemptive work.
God is able to use all of the circumstances of life to strengthen us and to mature us, spiritually and emotionally! Each test and trial of our faith brings us through to victory and to an ever-growing faith in our Savior! When we receive healing, we receive HIM. Be steadfast and immovable and you will be victorious. (1 Cor 15:58) Praise God!