Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am. – Psalms 39:4
There are times in our lives when it seems that physical sickness is everywhere and the threat of it is more prominent now than ever. Of course, the larger the group of acquaintances (magnified by social media), the greater these occurrences may seem. I once knew of at least seven people with cancer at the same time. I did what I could to encourage them, but ultimately, I think I was the one who was encouraged!
I am always humbled by the faith I witness in the lives of the “suffering.” I am also reminded of the fleeting nature of our earthly existence. Those who are suffering might struggle with the possibility that their illnesses are serving God’s purpose, but there can be no doubt that their steadfast faith reminds us all of God’s eternal hope, assurance, and promise. God’s grace is clearly seen through their difficulty.
In the same way, I hope that God’s grace may always shine through mine.
Grace is power, not just pardon. – John Piper