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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