Has someone every told you that you are living in denial about your limitations? Karlton shares how even God wants us to be realistic, because then we will call out to Him, rather than relying on our own strength.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
No one likes to think about getting older and wearing out. More than that, no one likes to think about disability and illness. And this may be why some preachers who promote denying these realities are very popular.
Early in my disability I tried ignoring, denying, and “believing my way out of illness.” But the reality of my health issues refused to disappear. Denial is no solution for disability and disease. Yet we have a culture today that goes on living as if illness, disease, and death are far removed from our everyday life.
Today everyone is supposed to be happy, whether through external stimulus, or through use of pills, or applying denial to the challenges we face each day. There is nothing wrong with being happy and optimistic, and nothing wrong with praying and believing God will provide for and take care of us.
Yet the act of denying and pretending our illnesses are gone when in fact they very much exist can set us up for disappointment and even despair.
Faith and belief in God are wonderful, and trusting in God through difficult circumstances should be a way of life for Christians.
Nevertheless, denial, refusing to accept reality, and foolishly pretending a very real illness or disease does not exist is no way to survive and endure affliction. Facing our challenges head on while trusting God to see us through is a recipe for success and thriving despite our afflictions.
We all need hope to live with our illnesses, and we should never count God out when it comes to our diseases and cures, yet merely pretending our illnesses and diseases do not exist is a sure path to frustration. Trust God, ask Him for healing, but do not ignore or deny very real issues that need attention and help.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be both optimistic and realistic. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has learned over the years that he needs both faith and truth to face his illnesses and to thrive despite them.
Have you pretended you are not ill? Have you learned to face your challenges with hope, faith, and honesty?
Perhaps it is hard to accept that your body cannot do or be all that it once was. This song is “Come Alive (Dry Bones)” featuring Lauren Daigle. If you feel like your body is worthless now–just a bunch of “dry bones”–don’t forget that God knows how to bring dead bones back to life! You may not have that perfect body until you reach heaven one day, but don’t allow yourself to believe this si the end of God working with you. In fact, it is just the beginning. Now that you are weak He can really be your strength. Get ready to come alive! -Lisa