Our illness may be degenerative but God promises to preserve us! Bronlynn shares this blessing.
“The Lord preserves the faithful” (Psalm 31:23).
We have all heard the expression “well-preserved,” which can refer to anything from an antique in good condition to a person who is ageing well. As illness and health problems take their toll on our bodies and minds, how does this verse apply to us?
Being preserved involves being protected and kept safe from harm, being treated to last and prevent decay, and being reserved for special use. God promises us that He will protect us and keep us.
Although He does not promise freedom from trouble, He does promise deliverance through it (Psalm 34:19). This includes whatever problems we may face in this new year.
Through Christ, we have the gift of eternal salvation. Although this temporary earthly body is decaying–and some of us may feel ours is deteriorating quite rapidly!–we have the assurance of knowing that our heavenly bodies and souls have been treated by the saving blood of Jesus and will last forever (1 Corinthians 15:53).
As God’s children, we are set apart for special uses which He planned before we were even born (Ephesians 2:10), and He will continue to equip us and work out in us what is pleasing to Him from now through eternity (Hebrews 13:21).
The word “preserve” can also refer to something similar to jam. Interestingly enough, the difference between jam and preserves is that preserves contain more fruit. Preserves allow fruit to be enjoyed through all seasons.
As God continually preserves us, we are able to continually display the fruit of His love and faithfulness in our lives to others.
We may not know what the coming year holds for our health or circumstances, but we can be assured that God will preserve us through it all. Let’s remain faithful in trusting Him to do it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I enter this new year, I know I can confidently face whatever it may hold because You will preserve me through it. Use whatever challenges the lie ahead to strengthen my faithfulness and testimony of Your power in my life. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
What are some ways God has shown His faithfulness in preserving you through this past year? What have you learned through those experiences that can increase your faith and trust in Him for the new year?
God promises us so many things but until we can see those come true in our lives we need to remember to say yes to them. That is the point behind this song with John Waller singing “Yes.” Filled with scripture that will be familiar to you, I think you will like it. -Lisa