A Testimony to Lazy Grace
- O. Palmer Robertson
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Please understand. This testimony is to the wonders of God‘s grace, not to the fault of laziness. The Lord sometimes shows special grace to the lazy.
For many years I have had a simple exercise routine that I do basically every morning - or at least two or three times a week. But at a certain point, I got lazy. I stopped doing my exercises. Shortly afterwards, an irregularity developed. It continued to be a bother for several weeks. So I went to the doctor.
The tests of the doctor indicated that I had an amoeba in my blood system. This amoeba was not native to North Carolina. Almost certainly I had brought it back from Africa.
The doctor cleared up the amoeba. But the irregularity remained. So I went back to the doctor. This time he prescribed a colonoscopy. I reluctantly consented.
The results of this test showed that I had cancer in my colon. Ultimately, a major operation was required. By the blessing of the Lord, all the cancer was removed, and further testing showed no additional invasions.
After the diagnosis of cancer and before the operation, I decided to resume my exercise routine. I had been lazy long enough. And behold! My irregularity stopped. Just as suddenly as it had begun, it stopped when I stopped being lazy and renewed my exercises.
So I call it “Lazy Grace“. My laziness in not doing the daily exercises seems to have been the cause of the irregularity, which eventually led to the exposure of my cancer, though it cannot be medically proven. Otherwise, I could have faced a far more serious cancerous situation.
The point is not to encourage laziness. Paul asks, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” His answer: “God forbid!” (Rom. 6:1, 2). Instead, the point is to give God the glory for his grace even to lazy people like myself. Praise the Lord that we are not under the law but under grace. Let us always give thanks for the way in which his undeserved favor keeps us living from day to day, through all our days.