Are you telling others how God has comforted you in illness or are you just complaining about Him? Fiona shares.
“Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me” (Psalm 66:16).
This verse talks about those who “fear God.” I’ve never thought of God as an old man with a big stick, that we had to fear because He was always angry, but I know other people have thought of Him in that way, or been put off by that idea.
To fear God is to hold Him in awe, to honor Him, to respect Him, to submit to His discipline and trust Him. That takes work and relationship.
People who don’t know God may wonder why we love Him, hold Him in awe, honor and respect Him. Why do we want to live our lives in relationship with Him?
I remember as a young person, a pastor sharing about witnessing to others, telling us that “no-one can ever argue with personal experience.” This verse reminded me of that advice again.
Chronic illness brings most of us to a greater awareness of needing Him–and we are sometimes only holding on “by the skin of our teeth” because He’s there helping us. He is loving us, accepting us, knowing our fears, and holding us close.
It also probably gives us all a story to tell of “what He has done for me”:
- how knowing God, has made living with chronic illness bearable;
- how it has placed us alongside others who may have similar challenges, but share a hope and faith that sustains and inspires us;
- how we have opportunities to learn and grow we may never have had, if we’d been busy and healthy and focused on other things.
We can share how God has helped us to make sense and value, of a life with chronic pain, or illness. That’s something no one can argue with.
Let’s join with the Psalmist in sharing what God has done in our lives.
Prayer: God, we know You are an awesome God and we thank You for the difference You’ve made in each of our lives. Give us the courage to make the most of the opportunities we have to share what You’ve done for us, with others. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
Do your think illness has given you a story to share? Is there someone you can share what God’s done in your life with today?
This is the group All Sons & Daughters singing “All the Poor and Powerless.” The lyrics share how despite what we are going through –as we are perhaps both poor and powerless–we can still sing Hallelujah. Hope it blesses you today. Hugs, -Lisa