Any kind of chronic condition, whether it’s related to your health, or longtime financial stress, or relationship stress, can make you question yourself. It can even make you question God, sometimes in anger. After a stroke or some other health crisis, you might find yourself saying, “Why me? Why are you doing this to me, God?”
Actually you don’t wait for an answer because you already know. You think, maybe God is punishing me. Maybe I’ve done something in the past that I’m paying for now. You review your younger self and wonder which of those unfortunate life choices got you in this mess. You may even imagine that your sins are so great, this illness or this condition is God’s reminder that you are a major disappointment to Him.
My friends, I want to tell you that all that negative self-talk is NOT from God. God is not out to punish you. He did not give you a stroke or some other illness. What He does do, is walk with you until you see Him and reach out to Him.
When you look at old Bible stories you see that even people who were dear to God’s heart, the ones who were the “apple of His eye,” and the ones He used to make amazing changes in the hearts of others, were all sinners. David committed adultery and had Bathsheba’s husband put to death, Moses killed an Egyptian, and Jacob lied to his own father. These Patriarchs were no different than we are. They did things that caused God’s heart to grieve, but He still used them. He still pulled them out of the mess and gave them a new start.
The same thing is true of us. We can be struck down by life with illness, loss or financial distress, but that does not mean God does not love us and it does not mean that He will not use us for the good of others.
Let’s keep in mind today that everyone falls short of the glory of God, but He will raise us up to do His work for His sake. He wants us to grasp His hand and keep walking forward.
We can do it! We are perfectly imperfect people. We’re imperfect as human beings, but we’re perfect for God’s work because of His grace and love. Let Him lift you up today to do good works.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10, NIV