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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:2-3 NIV
God loves us in sickness and in health. Sometimes we don’t know why we have had to endure periods of illness, but we often end up appreciating what God does for us even more after experiencing hardships.
When we are healthy, we can praise Him. When we are healed, we can shout for joy.
Good health is precious and we can be grateful for it. When we take responsibility for our health and deliberately plan nutritious meals, exercise, and pray continually, the Lord rewards us with more energy and thankfulness. Amen.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. – Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV
God gives us bodies to live out our lives in, but He knows that we will experience pain, illness, and discomfort. Because our bodies are a gift, we need to take care of ourselves. We can drink more water, eat healthy foods, and exercise.
When we don’t have our health, we can appreciate all the more what God does for us when we recover.
In heaven our bodies will be perfect, just as Jesus is perfect. I’m sure we will still honor what God gives us when we get to heaven, but we won’t have to go to the doctor because we will never be ill. We will be healthy forever. Amen.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37 KJV
I received my second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on May 12th. Some of my friends, including my husband, experienced fevers after getting their second shot. I prayed that God would allow me to get the second shot without any adverse effects. I am already fighting off a cold that Jacob had brought home from daycare, although at this point I am not contagious.
The Lord created our immune systems. He also created the doctors who developed the vaccine. God does not make mistakes. For Him, nothing is impossible. We have a kind and loving Heavenly Father who cares about every detail of our lives. He can certainly prevent a fever. He can do all things. Amen.
Thou tellest my wanderings: Put thou my tears into thy bottle: Are they not in thy book? – Psalm 56:8 KJV
When we have a cold, it can feel miserable. The Lord knows every tear that we shed. He knows how to comfort us. He is the Great Physician.
The Lord can see everything that goes on. Nothing surprises Him. So when we come to Him with our needs, He has already anticipated them. He can heal us quickly.
Illness passes and is only a temporary discomfort. The Lord wants us to regain our health, because He has important work for us to do. Amen.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends. – Proverbs 27:17 NKJV
Our friends help us and put us at ease when we need them. We can encourage each other.
Not all friends remain close, but God always stays close to us and provides the right people to help us when we need.
We don’t always have good health, so when our health suffers, our friends can step in. It might be watching our toddler or accompanying us to the grocery store.
These types of friends are invaluable. It’s up to us to reach out to them if they become distant, because God loves them, too. Amen.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13 KJV
God gives us strength to overcome illness.
Last Friday, for the first time, I had put my toddler in daycare on moving day so it would not be difficult to unload boxes.
By Monday, after daycare, we noticed that my son had a runny nose and a slight fever of 99 degrees. I doubt it is COVID-19, because we already had it and have some immunity, but Lord knows, we don’t want to be sick or get anyone else sick. I am grateful that so far my husband and I don’t feel sick or feverish. The Lord gives us strength when we need it to stay healthy so we can take care of others. Amen.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. – James 4:10 KJV
Overcoming an illness can be humbling. When we are used to doing everything, it can be humbling when suddenly we can’t because of our health. When I had tested positive for COVID-19 last September, I never would have imagined that I would be sick for more than two weeks or become a COVID-19 long hauler. I never would have thought that being sick for that long would set into motion some drastic life changes, such as a move to another state.
The Lord gives us strength in sickness and health. He knows our thoughts and fears and can heal us from any ailment. We can be grateful when our health returns. When He lifts us up, He lifts us physically and mentally. Amen.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6 NIV
When the Lord restores our health after a period of illness, it is time to rejoice. Doesn’t that make us feel like singing?
The Lord loves us without fail. He saved us, and that in and of itself is a reason to rejoice.
We can also find joy in the little things: a sparrow’s song, a smile from our loved ones, and a goodnight kiss for our children before they go to bed.
The Lord’s love is sweet and something to cherish. When we delight in God’s law and follow the path that He has set out for us, our lives prosper.
Our God is a merciful God. He does not allow suffering to continue forever. He helps us. Amen.
The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to Him in song. – Psalm 28:7 NIV
When the Lord gives us strength, we can overcome the hardships that life throws at us. His strength acts like a shield to protect us from harm.
When bad things happen, such as illness, we can better appreciate our health when the Lord restores us.
When we trust Him with all our heart, mind, and spirit, we can find joy in the works that He has helped us to accomplish. All good things come from the Lord.
When He restores us to good health, doesn’t that make us feel like singing? Our Lord is worthy of praise. Amen.
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – Psalm 105:4 NIV
Especially when our strength fails us, we can look to the Lord and find encouragement.
I sometimes wonder what I did to bring upon myself “Long COVID” fatigue and brain fog, which I still suffer from, almost five months after the original date that I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020. Was God testing me?
The one thing I know from having spent far too many days bedridden is that suffering can be humbling.
When we are down, we appreciate even more the good days that God gives us. He teaches us lessons and patience through our periods of illness. He reminds us that we should not take anything for granted. Every moment we have is a gift from God. Amen.