Part of our fallen condition is that our bodies are susceptible to disease of many kinds which causes illness, and sometimes death. I am like any of you and find myself resorting to complaint and energy wasted on self-pity and other attitudes that hinder my fellowship with the Lord.
How do we turn times like this into profit? Jesus gives us important perspectives during the illness and death of Lazarus. “But when Jesus heard it, He said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it”” (John 11:4).
We see in this comment a principle that applies to any who belong to Jesus. It may appear to be a radical statement, but I believe every illness, and even death, can bring glory to God if we let Him work in us. As I face yet another surgery and the pain leading up to the surgery, and the lengthy recovery after, the question I am now asking is; ‘how can I go through this so God is glorified?’ Consider each of the following questions:
· How will this trial/illness/suffering change the way I make decisions?
· Will I trust God about the future more than fear the outcome of my journey?
· What character change is God making in me during this time of my life?
· Will I allow this test to make me more sensitive to the needs of others and less critical?
· No matter what the outcome of this time, will I praise God like Job did (Job 1:20)?
Choosing to praise God in tough circumstances draws our attention away from ourselves on toss His eternal glory! “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
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