Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is facing trails.

Today’s Bible Verse

James 1:2-4 (KJV), “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

What the Verse Means

Basically, it says the Believers should look at and face the challenges before them through spiritual eyes, not worldly eyes. When the challenges come our way, there is no escaping them. Many times they come to us by God’s providence, not our own seeking. The challenges allow us to examine ourselves and our trust in the Lord. They allow others to see if we grab hold of and don’t let go of God allowing for God to be glorified. The commentary is Jimmie Aaron Kepler’s.

Praying Using the Verse

  1. God in heaven, we pray that when facing a chronic illness we would keep up an attitude of JOY as we face the continuing challenges of our illness and its treatments.
  2. Heavenly Father, we pray that we would be ready through our faith in Christ WHEN trails of various kinds meet us. Every day is a challenge with the illness and its treatment.
  3. Lord Jesus, we pray that we would be steadfast in our trust in Lord. Why? Where the steadfastness will have its full effect.

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Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.

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