”In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1).
It is a natural reaction to wonder if we have brought problems upon ourselves, even health problems. And while in some situations bad health practices can contribute to our health issues, mostly it is genetics, accidents, or simply fate that brought ill health into our lives.
As a knee-jerk reaction, particularly as Christian surrounded by the “prosperity gospel”, we have drilled into us that God always blesses us, and if something bad happens it is a failure of faith, or some other spiritual shortcoming.
Almost without thinking, we ask: “Did I do something wrong, Lord?” We tend to forget that despite being blessed by God, we live in a sin-sick world with disease in abundance, and we carry around a dying body that we will one day be parted from.
We are spiritual powerhouses, but we are attached to a body that dies a bit more each day. That is the reality of this life as a Christian. We should not be amazed that sickness and disease happens–only that it is not more frequent.
We have an Advocate in Jesus. Sometimes He heals our body, heals our mind, and our spirit. He does indeed bless His children. Yet, the greatest blessing is not going to be while we are here, but when we get over “there” (heaven).
I share your frustration with being tied to a sick and dying body.
Life offers us no end of frustrations. Yet as I encourage myself, so do I encourage you to remember Jesus. He has not forsaken us and we do not travel on this difficult journey alone. Call upon Him to aid you in this terrible struggle of life. You do not suffer alone when Jesus is your Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, life leaves us angry and frustrated, tired and disappointed, yet thank You for being there to pick us up and getting us moving forward again on our journey. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. Illness has caused him many frustrations and self-reflections, yet he understand that “illness just happens” and the best way to survive it is by relying upon the Lord.
Do you blame yourself for your circumstances? Why not look up and ask Jesus to help you through your trying times?
This is Jonny Diaz singing “Weeps For You.” When we are suffering it feel alike God is on the other side of the fence looking over at us. This song has lyrics that remind us just how much it pains Him to see us hurt. How He weeps with us and for us and never becomes used to our pain. -Lisa