A few years ago, I got sick. It hit me hard. I was over 4,600 miles from home, in a foreign country, and I’d eaten something bad. This wasn’t the thing you get when you go to Central America and drink the water. This was much worse.
As I tossed in bed with a 103 degree temperature, everything around me stopped. I was powerless. The virus needed to run its course, and I was at its mercy.
I’ve traveled a lot, and this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten sick. But this is the first time I’ve felt helpless to do anything to fix it. There was no one to help. No urgent care office to go to. No friend to call. I couldn’t even pray.
This sense of helplessness has gripped me before. In the moments right before surgery. Or at the bedside of a loved one as the machines beeped, and the prognosis looked grim. Waiting for the doctor to come into the room to tell me the test results. It’s sort of like falling. You can’t stop it, and it knocks the breath right out of you.
Our bodies aren’t made to last forever. They break, wear out, and don’t always operate the way we want them to.
But there is hope.
I realized something in my feverish stupor tucked away in a rented apartment in Eastern Europe. My epiphany might seem obvious to you. When I say it, you might think, “Of course.” But I hadn’t quite comprehended it until those moments lying there wondering if I would turn the corner.
I realized whatever happened, it would be okay.
God is the author and perfecter of life. He is the great physician. There is no illness He can’t heal. He’s even brought people back from the dead. He works miracles of healing all the time. I’ve heard the stories. I’ve known people who only had a few months to live but somehow survived for twelve more years.
I’ve also known the other extreme—prayed with hundreds of people for the healing of a teenage girl hit by a careless driver. And when the time came to unplug the machines, I fell to my knees pleading with God for a miracle that wouldn’t come.
Healing comes in many forms. We want it a certain way—even demand it, but God works with bigger purposes in mind. His power to heal reaches beyond the body to the soul.
I realized it would be okay because God exists, and He is love.
All that I have and all that I am do not end with my body. God’s promises take us into eternity.
If you’re struggling with sickness and can’t seem to find your way to hope, God has something for you—a hope that’s beyond the body and that can’t be taken away by sickness or pain.
Read through the following verses and ask him to guide you into His healing love.
Psalms 34:19 – 34:20
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”
Psalms 6:2 – 6:4
“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.”
“I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.”
Psalms 61:1 – 61:4
“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”
“O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”
Psalms 107:17 – 107:20
“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.”“Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.”“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.”“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
“I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.”
“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”
Psalms 146:7 – 146:8
“Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:”
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
Psalms 31:7 – 31:8
“I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.”
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Psalms 103:2 – 103:4
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
Psalms 118:5 – 118:7
“I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.”
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