The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? – Proverbs 18:14
Have you ever found yourself in a situation of doubt? A situation that you just felt was impossible to be redeemed? I probably would not believe anyone who makes the claim they have never been there before. Even the strongest in faith admit to moments of weakness, moments of doubt.
One of the hardest things to deal with is illness, whether your own or a loved one’s. When serious ailments strike a person’s life, it can create chaos and turmoil beyond what we believe we can handle. The impact can be devastating to the patient and those around them emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It can stop people in their tracks of life. It doesn’t have to, however.
God makes us an amazing promise in Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
In times of heartache, I know I can easily forget this vow God laid upon His children. We may feel like we are all alone, but we are not. God has a plan for the circumstances He has allowed. Even if the purpose is never revealed to us in this lifetime, we need to trust in that. God has never broken His promises, nor will He ever!
Way too often, when a person deals with severe illness or ailment, people are quick to label it a judgment or punishment for their unrepented sin. We can look at Job’s life and relate to the circumstances of his friends. However, as we see in Job, it is the righteous and faithful that often deal with these afflictions. Why? In order that God may be glorified and honored through them.
And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. – Matthew 20:30-34
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. – John 4:46-54
Let me share some circumstances with you of loved ones I hold dear. Last year, my dad was diagnosed with a stage-four tumor that connected to his liver and pancreas. They had to surgically remove it, which took eight hours. It was a stressful time, and a long recovery, but he is doing well today. Through this experience, God was glorified and my dad’s relationship was strengthened with his Lord.
My uncle collapsed and was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. They offered him a 25 percent chance of survival. He now lives in remission of this disease. How? God’s hand.
A close friend of mine had complications during the delivery of her son. She hemorrhaged so badly, the doctor feared she would lose her patient. When hope had almost completely dissipated, the bleeding stopped. The doctor said there was no way that should have happened. Through this, God received glory and honor, and my friend survived (now pregnant with her third child).
I hear stories all the time about miracle healing: people who their cancer “mysteriously” disappears, people who are near death and suddenly are revived, people with circumstances that doctors throw their hands in the air in bafflement . . .
God hears our prayers; he knows our hearts and our needs. Although we may feel like he isn’t answering our prayers, He just has a different answer than we asked for. He knows what he’s doing and will provide what will best serve his cause. In the end, we will be greatly blessed for our faith.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14-15
One thing we need to remember as we try to endure our trial is what Christ did for us. He experienced a pain and suffering that can be compared to no other. I do not belittle anyone’s hurt or sickness. I know that many suffer more than I ever will, but what our Lord and Saviour went through outweighs all our troubles and sorrows. He did it, so His name would be glorified. He did it, so that we may live with Him in all eternity. He did it out of pure love!
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5
Do you believe in God’s healing power?
Do you believe in the PURPOSE of our trials?
Have you accepted the healing power of salvation that restores us from the deadliest ailment of all – sin?