The Lord has been teaching me lately about how important my well-being is to Him. In fact, it’s so important that He made provision for our well-being in Christ’s work on the Cross. Scripture says: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” (Isaiah 53:5 AMP) Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for our sins so that we could experience true well-being in this life. What exactly is well-being? A good definition is: “A state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity.” Interestingly enough, the Bible contains a wealth of promises from God for our health, joy, and prosperity.
Only those who receive Christ as their Savior, and who have made Jesus the Lord of their lives, can have the supernatural well-being that comes from God. But even for believers, this divine gift is not automatic. We have to lay hold of it by faith. I like to declare: “Lord Jesus, I thank You that you suffered and died so that I could experience true well-being in this life. I claim that supernatural well-being by faith right now, in Jesus’ name!” The Lord doesn’t want His children going through life sick, sad, and broke. That wouldn’t be much of a witness to an unbelieving world. Jesus said He came that we might live a life of abundance and joy. (John 10:10) And if we will believe His promises, and cooperate with His Spirit’s work in us, God will use us to draw others to Him.
David exclaimed: “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27 NIV) The last time I was sick, the Lord led me to declare these words of David’s out loud. They reminded me that God wants me to be well and whole, and they moved me to claim His promises of healing and health. If you have ever doubted that the Lord delights in your well-being, it’s time for you to put your misgivings to rest. And claim the benefits and blessings that are your blood-bought right in Christ!