As a pastor of a reformed baptist church, I confess to having a particular interest in Calvin’s theology. As a rather sickly pastor, I also have a particular interest in Calvin’s experience of constant ill health. I want in a later post to outline some of the lessons I believe God continues to teach me throughout my experiences of sickness. For now, here’s a passage I find myself returning to for perspective and encouragement.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. (2 Cor 4v7-11)
More on that later. In the meantime, do watch this short talk (just 6 mins!) from well respect theologian, Michael Horton, of Westminister Seminary, as he outlines Calvin’s experiences of ill health and how God used those experiences for good. I found it hugely encouraging. I trust you will too.