Health Troubles or Trials are Common

Health troubles or trials, as used here, is a reference to the discomfort we experience in our bodies. Diseases and injuries are in view.

In James 1:12, James has his readers to understand that believers are likely to have some trials that they are called to endure with hope in the promised crown of life.

The key idea throughout this series of devotionals is that we should remember that the crown is greater than the enduring of the trials.

In this devotional, let's focus on health trials. Psalms 34:19 makes it clear that some of God's people will have health troubles or trials.

We live in times of diabetes, hypertension, lupus, MS (i.e., multiple sclerosis), cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia, and the list of diseases could go on and on.

On top of diseases, some have suffered violence, accidents, and injury. Bones and joints are still aching and paining from what happened years ago.

Surgeries have come back to haunt so many. All of this is on top of arthritis and the natural aging process. Health trials are common.

Even though, we will revisit this point, I need to say it now. The crown and blessings that God has for His people are greater than the trials that we may be facing right now.

Not only can God heal our bodies or give us peace with our pain, but in that great getting up morning, our new bodies don't have aches and pains. You know you ought to say, "amen." (smile)

Self Examination
List some of the health troubles that you are experiencing.

If you don't have any or have very few, give God some praise for that.

How does God's promise of blessing us in a way that makes up for our trials help you cope with your troubles?

Great and awesome God, the God who provides both health and healing, it is to thee that I pray.

Thank You for the quality of health that You have given me. Thank You for the hope of both enduring what I am going through and the assurance that the best is yet to come.

I confess that I have not always behaved as if I trust You. Sometimes I have complained and doubted, as someone who does not believe that there are crowns after my trials. Please forgive me for this and my many other sins.

Please help me to live a life that is pleasing to You, in spite of my trails. Thank You for doing what is best, in Jesus' name, amen.

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