Jeremiah 50:20 – “In those days, at that time,” declares the LORD, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.”
Sometimes when you’ve been in pain or sick for a long time thoughts nag their way into your head saying, “This is your fault.” There are times when that can be true as when we overwork our bodies and we end up in pain and sick. But it’s not always our fault; in fact, most of the time it’s not our fault. It is also our fault, though, when we choose to focus so much on our pain that it leads us to guilty feelings. God can forgive us for any mistake we make, but it takes us asking for forgiveness and then turning away from continuing to make ourselves sick. For me, I worry a lot and worry can lead to stomach problems, headaches and lack of sleep. It’s my choice to worry. And that choice also leaves me feeling oppression and guilt. Yet, when I remember God’s promises it can help me remember that God never walks away from us, and will walk through the valley of guilt with us as well. God can cleanse us of our sin and the guilt of that sin. Won’t you throw your cares at Christ’s feet?
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.