“But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself?” (Deuteronomy 1:12).
It is hard not to feel discouraged when we find ourselves facing old problems that we thought had gone away. Sometimes old issues arise and force us to face them once again, old illnesses, previous challenges, nearly forgotten issues can come back to haunt us.
With my various illnesses I have had periods where there was a measure peace, when I almost felt normal, and found a seed of hope for normalcy. Yet that period was short-lived and the old issues and illnesses reared their ugly head once again.
Hope for better days can keep us going through the very rough days of our afflictions. But what do we do when the bad days become worse still? We soon learn that we cannot carry these burdens by ourselves. We need help and strength and wisdom from above to survive the challenges, and face the rising thorns of our afflictions.
One day we will know what it is like to be completely and forever free of our health problems, but until that time comes we need the Lord to comfort and help us through the flare ups and daily difficulties of our afflictions.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we get frustrated and discouraged dealing with the flare ups of our illnesses. Please give us peace, comfort, and healing today and for the road ahead. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. One thing he hates most in life is flare ups of his afflictions, but he is grateful that the Lord helps and delivers him in his times of trouble.
Do feel discouraged when your illness flares up? Do you know that you are going to need the Lord’s help to survive your affliction?