God Controls How Long We Live

We need to remember God has our days numbered. He is in control. The day I wrote today’s thought was a Monday evening, three days before my father’s ninetieth birthday. My wife, grown children, and I all had a vacation day scheduled for a big birthday bash on Thursday of that week for dad. He was looking forward to it as we were. God had different plans. That very Monday night around 7:30 PM dad calls me that he has fallen and can’t get up.  He had suffered a heart attack, In less than thirty-six hours he passed away, one day before his ninetieth birthday. God’s plans superseded our plans.

Today’s Bible Verse:

James 4:13-16 (KJV), “Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

What the verse means:

Our future is in God’s hands and plans.

Praying using the verse:

1. Heavenly Father, we thank you for every day of life.
2. We acknowledge God as the giver of life and that He has our days numbered.
3. Lord Jesus, we trust you know what is best for us and ask that your will be done.
 

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God is With Us

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Have you ever felt alone and overwhelmed? Maybe you are fearful or full of despair? Rejoice, God is with us.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV)- “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”

What the Verse Means:

The verse tells us to not be afraid and to not despair. Why should we be afraid or despair? God is present among us. He will protect us as a strong warrior. He is happy when we turn or return to Him. When we are anxious or worried, he’ll calm us with his love. We will also find delight in his songs.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Lord, thank you for being in our midst.
  2. Thank you for rejoicing over us with gladness.
  3. We praise you for quieting us with your love.
  4. We rejoice that you rejoice over us with you singing.

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God’s Way

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Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is realizing God’s way is perfect.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 18:30 KJV, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”

What the verse means:

God’s providence, though sometimes dark, is always wise, just, and blameless. The truth of God’s promises is approved by countless experiences and witnesses.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that all You do is perfect.
  2. We acknowledge Your watch care over our loved one as they continue to battle their chronic illness.
  3. We also acknowledge Your protection and provision in all areas of life.
  4. We confess the promises of God are sure, they have been tested, and will never fail.
  5. Thank you for the promise of being our Buckler, that is our shield, as we have our trust in You.

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Deliverance

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Learning to live with a chronic illness includes learning to face and live with trouble. The Bible does not flatter us with the false hope that goodness will secure us from trouble. Instead, the Bible warns us over and over to expect tribulation while we are in this body. Our afflictions come from all directions and at any time. They challenges are many but with Jesus Christ, we can face each day. There is no promise they will go away in this lifetime. However, the Lord will guide us through or lift us out of them.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 34:19 (KJV), “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

What the verse means:

The Treasury of David explains it this way. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, etc. Be our troubles many in number, strange in nature, heavy in measure; yet God’s mercies are more numerous, his wisdom more wondrous, his power more miraculous; he will deliver us out of all. Thomas Adams.”  I agree that God’s mercies are sufficient.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we know the afflictions of the righteous are many.
  2. Lord Jesus, we find some comfort in knowing hardships and trials are the norms.
  3. We confess we don’t like them but trust in you.
  4. God our Father, we give you thanks for the promise of deliverance.

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God’s Benevolent Activity and Gracious Will

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes accepting God’s benevolent activity and gracious will for the life of the Believer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

What the verse means:

Each line of verse, with God as subject, is progressively longer (three, five, seven Hebrew words). God is the actor in all six clauses: bless, keep, make the face shine, be gracious, lift up countenance, and give peace. The six verbs together cover God’s benevolent activity from various angles and state God’s gracious will for the life of the people.

Praying using the verses:

1. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings that are poured out on our chronically ill loved one and our family.
2. Thank you, Lord, for keeping our chronically ill loved one. I thank you for the safety you provide in sheltering our chronically ill loved one from evil and illness.
3. Thank you, Lord, for smiling on our chronically ill loved one. We appreciate your benevolent disposition toward our chronically ill loved one and our family.
4. Thank you, Lord, for your graciousness toward our chronically ill loved one.
5. Thank Lord for turning your face toward our chronically ill loved one and the way it signifies your gracious movement toward them.
6. Thank you, Lord, for the peace you have given our chronically ill loved one and our family as they face their illness and treatment.

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Hope

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One of the hardest things about a chronic illness is its length. If it is not a terminal illness, you find yourself or family member facing its challenge daily. If it is a terminal illness, it may turn into a long goodbye.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Job 11:18 (KJV), “And thou shalt be secure because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.”

What the verse means:

Regardless of the length of the goodbye, for the Christian, there is hope in Jesus Christ.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we feel secure because there is hope.
  2. Because of the hope we have in you, we can rest in security.
  3. Pray for a good day of rest.

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Helper

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When we or our loved one faces a chronic or serious illness, we need the Lord’s helper. We also need the courage to face the next hour and the challenges of everyday living. With Christ, we can face each day without fear.

We also need the courage to face the next hour and the challenges of everyday living. With Christ, we can face each day without fear.

With Christ, we can face each day without fear.

The Lord’s help is available. How do you get it you ask? Through prayer. You ask God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Hebrews 13:6 (KJV), “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

What the verse means:

Without any hesitation or doubt, in all times of difficulty when we don’t know how to pray or how we will make it even through the night, we have an assurance that God will not leave us to suffer.

What can we fear if we have the assurance that the Lord is on our side, and that he will help us?

We fear nothing. Man can do no more to us than God permits, and no more than will be for our own good. We know under whatever trials we may be placed, we need be under no painful anxiety, for God will be our protector and our friend.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, help us to cling to You and keep our total trust in You.
  2. Lord, give us the courage to say You are our helper.
  3. We pray for fear to flee from us. We will not fear what man shall do unto me.

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