This is Celia C. Tillman bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is GOD’S BLESSINGS THROUGH SICKNESS. Have you ever had something to come across your mind from time to time that one day your faith would be tested by God, in the presence of those, who hold you in high esteem of God’s divine word? However, each and every day that we live upon this earth that all of us should be a living testimony for the cause of Christ.
The Apostle Paul said, “I go bound in the spirit into Jerusalem, not knowing the things that may befall me. In every city I visited, I am told by the Holy Ghost that I will be put in bonds; afflictions will come upon me. But none of these bother me, neither do I count my life dear unto me but to finish the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and to testify the Gospel of the grace of God, (Acts 20:22-24).
Yes, many of us have been awarded the opportunities to magnify the power of God in our sickness or adversity but are hindered by our own selfishness and the lack of our faith in God. There are many blessings that can be gleaned or learned through our suffering, if we could just open our eyes and stop complaining, “Why Me,” And why not me? “Me” can be anyone of us because we can’t control the future but that power is left up to God Almighty. Also, we can’t listen to human speculations why one is suffering, like Job’s three friends (Eliphaz, Bildad; Zophar), who counsel without knowledge. They believed that health and wealth were signs of God’s blessing, and because Job had lost both health and wealth that God was punishing him for some sin, (Job Chapters 4-5; 8;11;15;18;20;22;25;32-34).
After Job’s friends had finished their speech or attack against him, Job realized that human beings can’t find the kind wisdom that gives answers to the deep questions of life, however, only God has that knowledge. All of us must realize that sickness come to people whether they are just or unjust. In summation, the Bible teaches that “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things that are revealed belong unto us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law,” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
GOD’S BLESSING BESTOWED UPON ME
On August 3, 2020, I had an Ultra Sound Core Biopsy of my left breast. I was told that the results would be back in five (5) days. However, to my surprise, the results were back in three days, July 6, 2020. I received the call from a soft spoken, female voice; she identified herself of which I already knew because I had looked at my caller ID. She replied, “Am I speaking to Mrs. Tillman? I replied, ‘Yes, it is’. She then began to tell me that the biopsy showed that I have breast cancer which is called (DCIS) which is a none-invasive type (O).
I begin to call others who were more knowledgeable than I about this type of cancer. I began to research in depth on various websites on the subject before my next visit for consultation. From my study, however, I learned that Ductal carcinoma in situ (DICS) is a non-invasive breast cancer. Ductal means that the cancer starts inside the milk ducts, carcinoma refers to any cancer in the skin or other tissues (including breast tissue) that cover or line the internal organs; in situ means “in its original place.” DCIS means it hasn’t spread beyond the milk duct into any normal surrounding breast tissue, (http://5.komen.org/BreastCancer/RecomendationTreatmentsforDuctalCarcinomalnSituhtml).
I thank God for the cancer that I have been diagnosed with because it is a blessing from God. I was told by the doctor that the lump was so small that it was amazing that it had been picked up by mammogram and ultrasound. The Psalmist David said, “Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases,” (Psalm 103:2-3). We have many benefits as believers and followers of Christ. He forgives our sins and heals us when we are sick depending upon our faith in him. The Bible teaches us that, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings,” (Proverb 28:20).
I think of men like Moses, and Joshua who were instrumental in carrying out God’s plans for his chosen people. God used Moses to lead the children of Israel out Egyptian bondage. However, after Mosses death, Joshua picked up the torch to fulfilled God’s promise to a nation small in number but powerful because God was with them. God said to Joshua, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; and be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed or (distress) for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest,” (Joshua 1:9). We so often forget of how awesome God is and the strength of his “might, David said, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable,” (Psalms 145:3). However, I stated earlier that the things that we can’t find an answer to, we must leave them to God.
God is El Shaddai, (He is the most high, and Almighty, Psalm 91:1); Jehovah Rapha, (The God who heals, Psalm 30:2), and Jehovah Nissi, (The Lord my banner, Psalm 20:5; “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee that it may be displayed because of the truth Se-lah,” Psalm 60:4). Banners are raised to celebrate or draw attention to an important cause or event. The rod that Moses used to strike or part the Red Sea was a type of banner because of the power of God, (Exodus 17:5). Mosses recognized that the Lord was Israel banner (Jehovah-nissi), when they defeated the Amalekites, (Exodus 17:15).
We so soon forget how powerful and awesome (mighty) God is. He is the rain that fall when the earth is dry, and the rain before the harvest; he is life the beginning of all men, and my Creator, “Elohim, (Genesis Chapters 1, 2).
We must continue to encourage each other, regardless of what we are going through in this life. We should have faith in Christ Jesus and his divine word which is able to build us up on every leaning side. The Apostle said, “We have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord; access by faith into his grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Also in tribulation, knowing tribulation worketh patience; patience , experience; experience hope; make not ashamed because of the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us,” (Roman 5:1-5).
Jesus sympathized with those of us who are suffering because, “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness, (Matthew 8:17). Jesus himself was not exempt from pain and agony but he learned in obedience by the things he suffered as God’s only Son, (Hebrew 5:8). Jesus not only cares for the sickness of our
Physical bodies but he cares for our sin- sick souls will be made whole. Jesus’ priority is that that men will realize that there is nothing to fear, if their hope and character have been built upon him. However, by trusting in Jesus, who is the loving Savior, I can face my crisis. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me ,” (Philippians 4:13), and I will trust and not be afraid, (Isaiah 12:2)
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
- Have you ever ask yourselves a question, why am I sick or why am I suffering?
- Why should we be a living testimony for Christ in our sickness?
- What causes us not to magnify Christ in our sickness:
- Can you name at least two Bible characters who suffered adversity in the lesson?
- In the lesson God accuse Job friends of what?
- Who truly knows the depth of why one suffers?
- Why does Jesus know what we are going through when we suffer?
- In Isaiah 53:4, who was Christ afflicted by and why?
- Fill in the blank: We so soon forget of how______________ and ______________ God is.
- Name the most important thing that God care about us ____________________.