How Do We Find Confidence When Illness is so Unpredictable

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

There is something terrible about the word “confidence” when you’re faced with the daily struggle of illness. What are you supposed to have confidence in? You’re never sure how you’re going to feel physically. You’re never sure what you’ll be able to get done. You’re not even sure what emotions you might experience that day!

Confidence? More like everlasting weakness.

Hebrews 11 is often called the “Hall of Faith.” The author goes on and on about all these different people, talking about the things they did. Noah and Moses, Abel and Rahab–they had confidence.

God-confidence.

On days like today, when the wind howls mournfully outside my window and my joints ache so badly that I want to scream, that is a helpful reminder. I may not be able to stride out the front door and take on the world, but my God can–and He will help me to do whatever it is that I have to do this day. Whatever I have to endure. Whatever I have to face.

The same goes for you.

This illness? This struggle? It’s just a moment in time. We can be confident; as Noah was in the Flood; as Moses was when he faced Pharaoh; as Abel was as he made an offering that incited his brother to murder, as Rahab was when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. That God has something better in store.

Confident in God. Sure that He is there, that He sees and that this is not all there is.

Prayer: Lord, when all I can think about is the here and now, remind me that this isn’t it. Teach me to live in the hope that there is more, that there is wholeness and healing, whether in this life or the next. Above all, gracious God, teach me to be confident in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Marie Gregg lives in North Idaho with her husband, Chris, and their two dogs. She was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome in 2010. Her deepest longing is to glorify her Savior and encourage others as she has been encouraged.

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