How can the presence or absence of hope determine how chronic illness will impact your life? Charles explains.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
So often, chronic illness and pain deplete us–physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. We wake up each morning, many times dreading the day because of what we know the illness will bring. The world and the devil wants us to walk around defeated, without hope.
The word hope, if you look it up in the dictionary, means “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” God wants to show us in our circumstances, if we place our hope in Him, Jesus takes our situations. What the devil intends for bad can be used for His honor and glory. Most importantly, it can bring others to Christ.
God speaks to our hearts and tells us even though the trials will come, we have hope through Christ. When we place our hope in God, renewal or a great change will occur. This is a change that will transform us into the image of Christ and He will use illness and pain to assist in this transformation.
This change will allow us to soar, even though illness and pain rages our body.
It will allow us to have strength that otherwise could have never been.
It will give us joy, even though we have our daily challenges.
Ultimately, we walk on towards the ultimate hope that one day, we will have new bodies that will have no weakness, illness, or pain.
I ask you today, is your hope in the Lord? We cannot make it through our challenging days without the hope and presence of Christ. He is our Hope and knows our pain. He walks with us, loves us, and never leaves us. Place your hope in Christ and know the joy and peace He brings.
Prayer: Lord, I place my hope in You. Come into me and dwell. Change me, Lord, so that I can experience Your joy that nobody can take from me. May You use my illness and pain to minister to others. In Jesus Name, Amen.
About the Author:
Charles Wells is an ordained minister who lives in Texas with his 12-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter and his wife. He suffers from major spinal problems and has had three major back surgeries. He has taken this pain and uses it for God’s glory by ministering to people in nursing homes, rehab centers and writing on these experiences. You may visit his blog at http://revcawells.wordpress.com.
Have you allowed the hope of that Christ gives us to change your life?
This is Ellie Holcomb singing “Anchor of Hope.” When there seems to be no reason to hope, when hope feels too risky to your soul, know that God Himself is your anchor. When your hope is in who He is it will never be disappointed. -Lisa