Will Illness Separate Us From God If We Allow It?

separateWe can look at our illness and see how it drew us further away from God. Or we can see how it’s drawn us closer. Shelly shares.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:31-34).

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (vs. 35).

What condition can then separate us from the care of Christ?
Shall pain or chronic illness or cancer or fear or financial hardship or the world’s doubt and disdain?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (vs. 37).

We will not only conquer these trials . . . we shall overwhelm them with the sheer perfection and beauty of God’s love and plan!

Through Him we have already overcome even death!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (vs. 38-39).

For I am convinced that whether we live on or die today, neither good news or bad news, neither the present fear nor the future deterioration, nor any diagnosis, neither the height of hope nor the depth of despair, nor anything else the next bend in the road brings us to, will be able to separate us even a smidgen from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen?

Amen!

Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your Word that is always applicable and relevant. Thank You for the hope we find in the pages and the connection we feel to You, Our Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and again in 2014, and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com

What scripture will you apply to your circumstances today? How does it bring you hope?

This is a song Shelly wanted to share with you. It is the group More Than Rubies singing “Even Though.” They sing of how, despite all the losses we may experience in life, when Christ is a part of it, we will never be lost ourselves. I hope it blesses you. It is beautiful. -Lisa

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