Sunday, June 11, 2017

God's Chronic Illness Index

Surgeries, medications, is discouraging when modern medicine proves to fail. God can undoubtedly heal through scientific advances. But for reasons out of human stop of understanding, He sometimes chooses not to in this life on earth.
"He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction." - Psalm 107:20, ESV
Luckily for us, He has provided the best medicine. Both literally and figuratively, the Bible mentions various bodily ailments. His word is the ultimate remedy. Especially with rare diagnoses such as mine, what hospitals offer is only a poor substitute of symptom management.

The following is an scriptural index for the many symptoms and effects of chronic illness. While these verses may not actually cure physical pain, they lend encouragement amidst the discouraging trials of chronic illness. The benefits of God given scripture never fail, even when every body system is plagued with illness.

For aching bones:
"Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice." - Psalm 51:8, ESV

For chronic fatigue:
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30, ESV

For a failing heart:
"And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." - Ezekiel 36:26, ESV 

For muscle weakness:
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV

For  poor wound healing:
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3, ESV 

For seizures and neurological:
“When they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.’ And Jesus answered, ‘O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.’ And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly” - Matthew 17:14–18, ESV 

For mental health:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7, ESV 

For gastrointestinal distress:
"Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them." - 1 Corinthians 6:13, ESV

For shortness of breath:
"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." - Job 33:4, ESV 

For general chronic illness:
"The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health." - Psalm 41:3, ESV

For the hope to come:
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." - Romans 8:18, ESV   

What are your favorite verses?