Joshua 23:14 – Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
This promise has two sides: God will always answer our prayer with the grace to endure any pain or illness. Yes, thankfully God is with us in our pain and answers our prayers with grace. But the second side is, this means I’m going to be living with the pain. I know in my heart God loves me. And, I’m not really angry at God, but somehow, I struggle with being angry with my body for being in pain. Why would my body betray me in this way? Why can’t it just leave me alone! But then I remember the first side – I can endure this pain and suffering. I can learn to live with this. I can be an example to others of God’s faithful comfort, even if I am in pain, but all of God’s promises come with something you must do to receive it – walk it out. So, take God’s hand and let him lead you even if the pain never goes away.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.