Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES
Text: “Trust in the LORD, and do good. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:3-5.
Comment: God created man perfect, which means that man was not supposed to fall ill. Sickness came as a result of the imperfection that followed the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. But God Almighty in His infinite mercy has still made provision for mankind so that those who are sick can get healing by His grace. This provision is open to all who have faith in Him. Though cancer, classified as terminal in nature, is one of the most dreaded ailments ever known in the world today, as there is no direct cause or treatment for it, yet God shows His miracle by giving His healing in several instances.
Epaphroditus, one of the faithful disciples whom St. Paul whom he called “my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants” was at a time “sick nigh unto death”: but God had mercy on him and with time, he recovered. St. Paul was so grateful to God that the young man recovered saying that the mercy was not only shown to Epaphroditus but to him also, lest he should add “have sorrow upon sorrow”. (Philippians 2:25-27) We should therefore trust in God and seek His help through prayer and works of righteousness. Job declared “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number.” -Job 5:8, 9.