Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday May 19, 2019

Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES

Texts:  “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” – Psalm

Comment: The person who is told he has a terminal illness may feel numb, unable to believe what is happening or to express any emotion.  Some may find they can only take in a small amount of information and so have to keep asking the same questions over and over again, or need to be told the same bits of information repeatedly.  This need for repetition is a common reaction to shock. 

Though we cannot be totally immune to shock and panic, we, as people of God should be able to absorb any kind of shock because of our belief that it is what God allows that happens. (Psalm 66:10-12; 2 Corinthians 12:8,9) We have to turn to God in faith and fervent prayers to help us because He is our refuge, David said: “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” (Isaiah 25:3, 4; Psalm 18:6) When thoughts of panic or fear try to overwhelm us, we should recall words of comfort from the Scriptures and remember the things God had done for us in the past. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee”. (Palm 56:3) Solomon says, “Be not afraid of sudden fear, … For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” – Proverbs 3:25, 26.

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