Encouragement for Christians with physical illness: a look at Galatians 4:14 and God’s providence
Have you had an illness or injury and you just couldn’t figure out why God would allow you to have such a condition? In Scripture we see that the Apostle Paul was loved by God and led a holy life but had an illness. How important it is to remember God’s providence! There is nothing that He does not see. Sometimes our illnesses may serve a greater good or purpose that we do not see because all things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to His purpose. I know that this is a hard thing to think about. For the Christian – what a comforting reminder that we are in Him (in God) and in His hands (illness and all). Nothing escapes His sight. Sometimes He may allow things for reasons unknown to us. I am not saying that illness is from God because personally I believe that God is good and illness is from satan usually. There are many instances in scripture where satan attacks God’s people with illness. In scripture God speaks of healing and the gift of healing. Of course He is for healing. We must remember His providence though and not lose hope when in the midst of a physical trial. In the hands of God the Apostle Paul was safe – illness and all. Paul asked God to take it away from Him and God would not. The illness was not a punishment from God. Are you struggling with a physical issue? Here are some scriptures to meditate on. These came to me as I was sitting in prayer pondering this topic: “…for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’” (Acts 17:28); “And my trial which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” (The Apostle Paul; Galatians 4:14).