“I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness & salvation. I do not conceal your love & your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:10)
Anyone dealing with a chronic condition for years faces the inevitable question, “What good can come from this?” Scripture tells us that we will have trials. How they will come, or how long they will stay is an unknown. We can long to know the Lord’s reasons for permitting them. I may never know, for myself or for others. I believe that God desires I seek him rather than get any overt answers.
It takes a lot of faith to persevere. We want to stay hopeful, but allow God his mysterious ways of working. Some questions received from others, though well intended, are difficult to answer. Giving some responses over & over again can also become draining.
Yet, one answer in the above verse should never get tiring as a reply. I would pray that any who have observed. or who have been active with me during my journey these many years know without a doubt that I am persevering. Why? Because God’s gracious strength is mighty in my weakness. This does not mean I hide the truth of times that remain difficult. It does mean that God gets the credit for seeing me through.
I may not speak to great assemblies. My audience may be only one person. The numbers are not important. I want to be watchful so that any temptation towards complaining becomes an opportunity to let others know of the One who remains faithful as I abide in him.
Our lives are our testimony. Remaining faithful in spite of such heaviness is probably a part of the answers – the ones that are in God’s keeping.
(Psalm 40:10 The Message): “I’ve preached you to the whole congregation, I’ve kept back nothing, God—you know that. I didn’t keep the news of your ways a secret, didn’t keep it to myself. I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough. I didn’t hold back pieces of love & truth for myself alone. I told it all, let the congregation know the whole story.”
Thank you, Lord for each time you help me make such choices. Amen.
About the Author
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 27 years of living with daily physical challenges.