How to Find Biblical Joy When You Are Experiencing Sickness or Pain
It's humbling to be weak physically, to be seen as weak, and to be seen as someone who needs help. Being in this position has exposed things in my heart that I didn't realize had somewhat of a stronghold on me. I don't like to be seen as weak or needy. I want to feel strong and independent. God has his ways of using our physical weakness to show us how weak we really are in every way and how much we need Him. I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has.- Charles SpurgeonFor the past two months, I have been experiencing pain that will not go away. Although it has decreased, I have awakened every morning and been greeted with pain. The doctor knows what is causing it, says it is treatable, and that it just takes time for it to go away, but this is the longest I have ever experienced a physical ailment and the longest it has taken to recover. Then, this morning, I experienced yet another injury that has made it very difficult to walk. All of this combined has caused me to be physically and emotionally very tired. I long to feel better, to walk without pain, and to be able to move on from this season of physical pain. Even though this has been very difficult, I am thankful that it has revealed some things that I need to change so that my body will become stronger and so that, hopefully, I won't have this problem again. I am thankful for what I'm learning about my body and that it has been a gauge, telling me what I need to do as I move forward. I want to work hard to strengthen weak areas. I am also thankful for how God has sustained me and enabled me to do what I need to each day, despite the pain. It's humbling to be weak physically, to be seen as weak, and to be seen as someone who needs help. Being in this position has exposed things in my heart that I didn't realize had somewhat of a stronghold on me. I don't like to be seen as weak or needy. I want to feel strong and independent. God has his ways of using our physical weakness to show us how weak we really are in every way and how much we need Him.
Verses to Help You When You Are Experiencing Sickness or Pain[photo1]Psalms 73:26 "My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever."It's easy to think that we might be the one who won't have to experience serious sickness or physical pain, but if God allows you to live long enough, you will inevitably experience something that will show you that you are not guaranteed good health or a pain-free life. Making it a habit of practicing the reliance on the One who is "the strength of my heart" is invaluable. It is what will sust
ain you in your times of physical weakness. Romans 5:3-5 "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."There is something to be gained in all of our life circumstances. God uses it all, even our suffering, to help us learn to persevere in our faith, to produce godly character, and to cause us to hope in the "unseen things" that He promises to those who are. His children. Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."We are promised that God will strengthen us and help us in our times of weakness. He is our stability and our strength. We have nothing to fear. He promises that he will uphold you with his righteous right hand.