It’s Okay Not to Understand Why

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When learning to deal with a chronic illness it is okay not to understand why this illness is happening to you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV), “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

What the verse means:

It is okay not to understand why this is happening to you because God knows. We can trust God to know what is best for us.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we ask that You show us Your ways.
  2. Lord, we pray that our thoughts would be You thoughts.
  3. Help us, God, to submit to Your thoughts and ways.

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It’s Okay to Ask “Why?”

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When facing a chronic illness it is okay to ask God, “Why is this happening to me?”

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 42:9a (KJV), “I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me?

What the verse means:

Asking God why is a sign of faith.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we come before You as we face our chronic illness because You are our rock.
  2. Lord Jesus, as You said on the cross we also ask God the Father, “Why hast though forsaken me? Why are You not answering me?”
  3. Jehovah God, even when we don’t understand why and don’t hear an audible answer or even Your still small voice to answer our questioning we still trust in thee.

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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 Grace is Enough

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Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning that God’s grace is enough.

Today’s Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV), “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

What the Verse Means:

Suffering uncovers your heart’s weaknesses so that Christ is your strength.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, help us to cry out to You in our weakness and claim Your promise the Your grace is sufficient for us, for Your power is made perfect in weakness.”  
  2. Thank you, Lord, for providing your sufficient grace.
  3. Teach us how to boast all the more gladly of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon us. We don’t understand how but trust in you for our power to be made perfect in weakness.
  4. We ask for strength daily. Give us the grace we need and we pray the power of Christ to rest upon us. The only boasting we will do is to acknowledge our weakness and your sufficiency.

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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, To day or to morrow 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.
 

Glory is Eternal

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We need to remember our troubles are temporary. In Christ, our glory is eternal.

Today’s Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (KJV), “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What the verse means:

Today’s Bible passage tells us why we should never give up. We see that while our bodies are dying our spirit is renewed every day. We learn that however big our problems are in Christ they are small. The present troubles of our chronic illness will not last forever. They will actually produce a legacy for us in the glory that outweighs them and will last forever. We shouldn’t look at our present troubles but rather we should turn our eyes upon Jesus. Our Earthly troubles will pass but the things we presently cannot see will last forever.

Praying using the verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray that we do not lose heart as we deal with our chronic illness.
  2. Lord Jesus, we know that while our outer body is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed by you days by day.
  3. God, we know this affliction is but for a moment in eternity’s clock and that you have greater things in store for us.
  4. Help us to not dwell on our present circumstances but to focus on the future have in Jesus Christ.
  5. Pray, we would continue to have the godly attitude that only comes from you as we face life day by day.

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The Ultimate Safe Place

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As we face a chronic illness, we need to realize the ultimate safe place for us is in Jesus Christ. Let us never forget that Jesus is our rock, fortress, and deliverer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 18:2 (KJV), “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

What the verse means:

King David uses these different names of God to show that God has many ways to help. This is seen in contrast to the wicked have many ways of hurting people.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, I thank you for being my rock, my fortress, and my delivered.
  2. Lord Jesus, I trust in You. You are my strength. You are my buckler that is my shield.
  3. Thank you for being the horn of my salvation and my high tower.

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