“Let us hold firmly to the hope we claim to have. The one who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
There is an old adage that says, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
It’s wise not to take on more responsibilities than we can handle. At some time, however, we will likely feel overwhelmed by just the smallest task especially when we are daily coping with pain and illness.
Chronic pain is physically and psychologically stressful and its constant discomfort can lead to anger and frustration with yourself and your loved ones. By definition, chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months and affects how a person lives their daily life.
Many of us have had this kind of pain for years.
Those of us dealing with constant pain often find it difficult to get through the day and it’s so easy to become frustrated and to feel guilty because we can’t accomplish all we would like to do.
The most important lesson that I learned from my experience with chronic pain is that my worth was not in me and who I am. It is not in my education or my profession. It is not in my physical capabilities or lack thereof.
My worth is in God and in Him alone. As all the things I had previously valued may be stripped away, I find my real strength and my real worth in God.
In Him I find fulfillment and completeness. It is God’s power that enables us to continue in our journey of faith during pain, trials, frustrations and sickness.
Recalling the Lord’s faithfulness in days past stirs our confidence in Him today.
When life becomes a heavy load,
An upward climb, a winding road,
In daily tasks, Lord, let me see
That with me You will always be.
Trusting God’s faithfulness stirs up our confidence.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember daily Your faithfulness in the past and to know You will always be with us even in the most difficult days. Our worth is in being a ‘Child of God’ and with Your strength we can endure the most difficult of days and even find joy in them. Amen.
About the author:
Patricia Armstrong lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her loving husband, Richard. She has coped with chronic pain for years from neuropathy, but as she looks back over the years, she thanks God for His faithfulness.
It is easy to say we find our worth in God and not our things or our strengths. If you look closely at your priorities, however, do they reflect this?
It is so easy to find our worth in things that don’t really matter. Each day we have to try again to recall God’s forgiveness and ask for it–rather than punish ourselves for not being perfect. This is a song with some powerful lyrics, “Who You Are” with the group Unspoken. Take a moment to hear again that you can never fall too far away from God to not be picked up by Him again. Bless you. -Lisa