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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.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. – King James Version (KJV)
When family members or friends are ill, our heart goes out to them. We can pray for them and also ask our church family to pray for them. Sometimes the Lord restores their health. Other times, He makes us see His perfect will. We may not understand His timing, but it is always fair.
We can also pray for the Lord to show us what actions we can take to comfort those around us. Maybe it is sending a card, placing a phone call, or bringing over some food. We never know how much we can shape the lives of other people, so we can be thoughtful when we consider what we can do to help.
It is important to renew our walk with the Lord every day so that we don’t forget about his blessings. Jesus comforts us and never forgets about us. He is always there when we need Him. Amen.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
Sometimes I wonder after a long period of illness if God was punishing me for something I had unknowingly done wrong. But other times, I think that maybe I did nothing wrong, and the hardships I experienced were ways of teaching me wisdom and appreciation for good health, a good job, and a supportive family.
The Lord delights in us. He wants to see us happy and successful. He wants us to live a righteous life according to His purpose. We sometimes don’t understand why bad things happen, but we can have faith that one day He will reveal everything to us. Amen.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:3 NKJV
In this life we will have trouble, but the Lord asks us not to be afraid. He has overcome the world, and gives us salvation through Jesus Christ. If we think our problems are too big, we can remind ourselves that God is more powerful than anything causing our problems.
He can give us strength to endure any hardship, be it illness, job changes, or a move. The Lord gives us the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Helper. He will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what we may be going through. Amen.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalms 63:3 NIV
Jesus loved us more than life itself. We are wired for self preservation, so a love that deep is unusual.
Do we love Jesus more than life itself? Life is full of illness and trials, but also triumphs. We can be willing to give our lives over to Jesus, who sacrificed everything to save us.
I sometimes wonder if we will remember all of the hardships we suffered during this lifetime after we get to heaven. There will be no tears, illness, or even physicians in heaven. It is hard to imagine a life without hardships, but for God, nothing is impossible. Amen.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
In this life we may face illness and hardship, yet the Lord asks us to give thanks no matter what the circumstance is.
Even on tough days, we can find something to be thankful for.
Joy is not the kind of false happiness that commercials display on TV. Joy is knowing that God loves us and saved us. Our lives are full of abundance. We don’t always see it, but God is always blessing us.
When we pray continually, we remember that we don’t need to make assumptions, react in anger, or take things personally. We can simply pray and ask God to help us with the emotions that we are experiencing, and He will help us. Amen.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. – Psalm 126:5 NKJV
The Lord doesn’t prevent illness and hardship from falling upon us, because He teaches us lessons through our trials. Jesus experienced much suffering during His lifetime, but He also felt joy and peace, probably when He spent time praying and meditating alone in the early mornings.
Before we react to things that come our way, we can pause and decide not to respond. In reacting, we sometimes sap ourselves of joy and cause unnecessary grief. Other people don’t always understand how their words can impact us in a negative way. For that reason, we need to focus on the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, kindness, tenderness, and self control. It is a meditative practice to focus back on our God-given breath and allow ourselves to mute the dissonant outside world. 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.
To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. – Jude 1:24-25 NIV
The Lord doesn’t fault us for our weaknesses. He doesn’t accuse us of being too weak if we fall. He picks us up and tells us it will be okay.
Although He is capable of preventing us from stumbling, sometimes we stumble anyway, because the lesson we will learn from picking ourselves up is more powerful than the lesson we would have learned had we not stumbled at all.
The Lord hears our cry. He is never too busy. He is always there for us. 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.