“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
There are probably very few people with chronic illnesses and disabilities who are not severely impacted by financial losses due to their condition. As the primary breadwinner in our home, when I was knocked flat by illness, we went through terrible financial hardship because of my health.
It can feel like a cold slap in the face to be hit by financial losses on top of being stricken with illness and disease. You find yourself barely afloat dealing with your affliction, and then the money stops coming in, doctor bills and medication costs pile up, making you feel like you are sinking in debt when your health is already dragging you down.
There is a terrible helpless feeling that overcomes you when you see rising expenses and have no idea how to pay for the added burden. As if adding another layer to our fatigue, depression, and anxiety, the rising costs of our illness can be crushing. It is a suffocating feeling when our health costs across the board are far more than we can carry.
Talk about faith–you are going to need it to carry the associated burdens of financial strains related to chronic illness. Looking back on just how terrible my finances have been because of my health, and looking forward to ongoing financial challenges, the only word that comes to my mind is “faith.”
Trusting that the Lord will make a way is the only way forward through your financial challenges when illness turns your world upside down. I honestly cannot explain how God enabled me to get through years of terrible financial strain because of my health woes, I can only say that it truly was God who worked miracles time and again so that we were not crushed by the weight of financial burdens.
We trust God for so many things. I would encourage you to take your financial burdens before the Lord and ask Him to make a way through your financial challenges.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us through the burden of health costs, and thank You for the many ways You have already helped us. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is thankful that the Lord is his provider.
Have the financial costs of your illness weighed you down? Have you brought these cares to the Lord and asked Him to make a way for you through your financial burdens?
Financial struggles can make you feel like you are drowning… This song, “Storm” by Lighthouse is a beautiful song about those storms in life–and what a difference it can make when we keep our focus on the Lord–so we can walk on that water. I loved this song. . . -Lisa