Giving Thanks: Health

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The Bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights who does not change like the shifting shadows. (James 1:17).

His heart is to give us all things good and He does.

Romans 8:11 says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.  And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us than nothing can be against us.”

But, what happens when we feel He is not giving us all those good things He promised?

Discouragement, fear and disillusionment can set in.

I can identify with this.

My son has had had health issues since he was five. Recently, my mama heart broke as I sat with him. Tears rolled down his cheeks as he (still) struggled with his health, not feeling well and not having the answers to fix it. I wrestled with God.

God has been promising me for years that He is on my son’s side and that He has GOOD things in store for him. Why has the gift of healing not come yet?

Gently, the Lord took me back through the years and showed me all His good gifts to my son. Gifts of doctors, favor with teachers, loving family, amazing friends and most importantly a Heavenly Father that has carried him. The Bible says that our light and momentary troubles are producing for us an eternal weight of glory. My son might not see his gift of healing instantaneously, but I believe God is doing the work of giving him even greater gifts. The gift of dependence on God, the gift of compassion for the hurting, the gift of character, the gift of strength and the greatest gift of all which is experiencing Gods love.

Romans 8 tells us that nothing can separate us from His love.

Could the thing we fight against the most and want so desperately to be delivered from be the most powerful scenario for experiencing His love?

I don’t know.

But, if my son can experience Gods love through this trial then I know it will be worth it in the end. There is no greater gift than this: That my son would know Jesus and His overwhelming love for him.

carolCarol Peterson

Brad (Pastor of Family and Care at Grace) and I have been married 15 years.. We have 3 awesome kids…. Max (14), Keslyn (13) and Jak (11). Brad and I met at Multnomah University where we both got our degrees in Pastoral Ministry.. I currently teach middle school Bible at Horizon Christian School.

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