Eight Months in the Hospital Taught This Man to Stand Firm in the Lord
Thinking he was on his death bed, family gathered around to say their final goodbyes to Dr. Gene Getz, whose eight-month stay at the hospital was due to Covid-19.
“But God had other plans,” Dr. Getz said.
On an episode of Focus Today, Perry Atkinson gleans valuable life lessons from Dr. Getz, the editor of the Life Essentials Study Bible — including how despite unfavorable circumstances, Christians can stand firmly and securely on a trustworthy foundation, even while it is attacked.
When asked by Atkinson what he learned from his near-death experience, Dr. Getz said, “I want to be faithful,” reflecting on the fact no one is promised tomorrow.
The renowned Bible teacher draws truth from Psalm 11, alluding to the unseen but powerful truth that “our spiritual foundations are being attacked, but we can be victorious in Christ Jesus.”
While the culture builds its hope, security, and strength on a sandy foundation based on what is seen, believers are called to build their lives on a rock-solid foundation based on God’s Word that never disappoints.
“He is the foundation,” Dr. Getz said, “God wants us to have a sense of security regardless of what’s happening.”
In the New Testament, Paul calls out the Philippians in similar way:
“Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved” (Philippians 4:1, ESV).
Dr. Getz also points out the importance of not standing firm through life’s storms alone, but rather hand in hand with the body of Christ. “We need each other, “Dr. Getz said, “we miss something when we don’t come together.”
Whether it’s from a hospital bed, after a less-than favorable diagnosis, in a state of depression, in the middle of a financial crisis, or weathering the intricacies of relational conflict, this conversation will help any person stand firm on the promises of God’s truth and evaluate what their foundations are and where their hope comes from through life’s ever-changing situations.