Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak;
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O LORD—how long?
4 Return, O LORD, deliver me!
Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
5 For in death there is no remembrance of You;
In the grave who will give You thanks?
6 I am weary with my groaning;
All night I make my bed swim;
I drench my couch with my tears.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
It grows old because of all my enemies.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;
For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my supplication;
The LORD will receive my prayer.
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;
Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly. Psalm 6 (NKJV)
For many like me who suffer through chronic illness many questions arise like "Why me?" Lord, if you can create an entire universe and can do what ever you please, why can’t you make me completely whole again? Why must I suffer and groan on my bed every night without seeming relief? At times I feel so tired and the desire to go home is so great. It just seems that in my life I have suffered one great tragedy or illness after an other and yet so many seem to have it so easy. Many times in the midst of these trials God seems so far away and that I have been abandoned. Why can’t I get a break in life? Why me? My flesh wants to live a normal life. But then……
9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
10So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength). 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (AMP)
How many times have I heard the Spirit whisper that to me me just when I needed to hear it?
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
All things work together for good. Yes even the bad things like illness and tragedy. With out suffering there is no growth.
"Jesus didn’t save you so you could cruise to heaven in a luxury liner. He wants you to be useful in His kingdom! The moment you got saved, He enrolled you in His school the school of suffering and affliction." – David Wilkerson
I have very big problems with those who say that as believers we should not be poor or sick. That everything should be rosy in our lives. Those who preach such things are preaching a false gospel. Many that are lost are turned of by such a message. Name me one apostle that did not suffer in some way because of his faith. I have even heard it preached that if Paul knew the things we do today, that he would not have had to suffer??? What makes us better than Paul or any of the apostles? If Christ suffered, we will suffer with Him because if the world hated Him it will hate us also.
For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf. Philippians 1:29 (AMP)
Wow! We have been granted the privilege to suffer for Him. How many of those "God wants you rich" preachers quote this? This world will never give us the comfort that we can only find in Christ. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.
Imagine the poor souls that are told that they don’t have to suffer and then when suffering comes, because of the false hope they have been given, they fall away. Prosperity preachers will have a lot to answer for.
You see, even though I am tired and weary of the suffering and may because of my flesh complain now and then, I know that through it God is working out a marvellous plan. Many watch me and say; "How can this man still put his hope in Christ with all He has been through?" "How can He still worship and have joy and peace?" I know the world is watching me and others who face severe trials to see how we face them. This is the witness that brings people to Christ. It is the joy and peace in the midst of suffering that they see. A joy and peace that they can’t even find even in their prosperity. It is a joy and peace that this world can never offer them. It is only found in Christ and through the Spirit.
17And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
18[But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us! Romans 8:17-18 (AMP)
3Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
5Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (AMP)
Why me or you? Because we have been chosen to show this world that through it all our hope is not in this world. It is not in people or things or even in our own health. Our hope is in Christ alone. There is coming a day very soon where every tear and all sickness will be done away with. A day where will be in our Lord’s presence forever. Yes for now it may be hard, but always remember what He said to Paul He says to you; “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
And finally, this great promise from Romans;
35Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?
36Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter.
37Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 (AMP)
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