Friday, 22 October 2021
Sudden illness
By: Sally Cheong

“ Come to me, all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest .”
Matthew 11:28

In times of illness ask, “Is this Your will for me?”

A sister in Christ told me she was not afraid of death but greatly apprehensive of the suffering of illness preceding death. Dying, if swift and peaceful, is to be welcomed. She said for it takes us out of this world of trials and tribulations. There is also the futility of living long if one is alone and aged.

What about you?

Do you fear being struck suddenly with terminal cancer, stroke, heart disease or other serious illness?

What is the root of your fear?

Is it the suffering of great pain because you can’t handle pain?

Or you worry about the huge medical costs you foresee will arise, and there are financial obligations you still have like house instalments, children’s education fees, car loans or the upkeep and care of your aged parents?

Or you worry about who will take care of your children, especially those who have mentally or physically challenged ones?

Or you have always been an independent person and it vexes you to think of having to depend on family members for basic nursing care because you know you will lose the ability to care for yourself? And you can’t afford long term paid nursing care.

Or you feel you will not be able to do the things that you planned having lived in fairly good health all this time with no expectation of becoming critically ill? Illness as you know disrupts everything. You will be left struggling with decisions to make which you didn’t have to make otherwise and very little time to make it. That you feel will distress you immensely.

Or all the above and more?

What would a Christian do in the face of sudden critical illness?

We will ask the Almighty GOD why.

Because He has the answers, and we have none.

Strong Christians will also ask “Is this Your will for me?” Because we know that if it is His will for us to be afflicted with a certain illness, He will bear us up well and use it well that we might glorify Christ.

And we can hold Him to His promise that He will go with us through the fire and the flood, and neither shall consume or overwhelm us. Remember that the only thing the fire burned of the three friends in the furnace were the cords that bound them. Nothing else. Christ was in the furnace with them. He will be with us all the way in the illness given by GOD’s will.

We need not fear terrible pain for He will not allow it. Psalm 41: 3 tells us that the Lord Himself will sustain us on our sickbed. None so comforting is the care and sustenance by the Eternal GOD when we are ill. Medicine can only do so much.

As for our worries and concerns of all sorts, the Father knows. Jesus said, “ Come to me all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest .” Rest from being tossed about regarding what will happen next.

The Lord reminds us also “ Do not worry about tomorrow,” whether it be for ourselves or our loved ones. It is not a request. It is a command. True disciples obey to their great benefit.

For financial or other needs of ourselves and loved ones, remember that “ everything under Heaven belongs to GOD ” (Job 41:11). His Hand is never shortened. Divine Providence will work in our favour when we resolutely trust in Him.

GOD will take care of our children when we are gone. He said He will teach and bless the children of the righteous. We need not worry if we have trained them up to honour GOD at all times and to walk in His ways.

Finally, “ My peace I give to you,” is the greatest blessing to a Christian who is ill. A tranquil heart is a fountain of joy. Once you are calm and assured that the Living GOD will take care of you and all your matters because you can’t, you will have time to pray and minister to loved ones and others. And what a great testimony that will be! Who knows how many souls will be saved by the sharing of an ill friend who rests peacefully in His GOD for whatever the outcome of his illness? The Lord may still heal and lengthen his days like in King Hezekiah’s life. Who knows?

Prayer :

Father, we ask for faith in times of health but especially in times of illness. Hold us up with your Right Hand and give us the Divine miraculous comfort that our souls need when we lie on our sick bed.

Help us to see Jesus when we are in the furnace of illness because we want to talk with Him like the three friends did. And grant us the peace to know You will always take care of us and our loved ones when sudden illness by Your Will comes our way. For we ask this in the glorious name of our Lord Jesus, Amen.

每日灵修
星期五
2021年10月22日
标题:忽然生病
作者:张绣梅
翻译:巫惠如

马太福音11:28 凡担重担的人,可以到我这里来,我就使你们得安息。

在生病的时候问:”这是你对我的旨意吗?”

一位主里的姐妹告诉我,她并不害怕死亡,但担忧死亡前的疾病痛苦。如果死亡是迅速和平静的,那就可以坦然接受它。她说,因为它使我们脱离了这个充满考验和磨难的世界。如果孤身一人,年事已高,那么长寿也是徒劳的。

你呢?

你是否害怕突然癌症晚期、中风、心脏病或遭遇其他严重疾病?

你恐惧的根源是什么?

是因为你无法承受痛苦,所以才承受巨大的苦难吗?

还是你担心,预见巨额的医疗费用,又或者你有房屋分期付款、孩子的教育费用、汽车贷款或年迈父母的赡养和照顾等经济义务?

也许你担心谁会照顾你的孩子,特别是那些有智力或身体障碍的孩子?

也可能你一直很独立,想到要依靠家人提供基本的护理就感到很苦恼,因为你知道你会失去照顾自己的能力?而你又负担不起长期的护理费。

或者你觉得你将无法完成计划中的事情,因为你一直生活在相当健康的环境,没有想到会成为重病患者?如你所知,疾病会扰乱一切。你将会挣扎着做一些决定,而这些决定是你原本不需要做的,而且没有什么时间去做。你觉得这将使你非常苦恼。

是上述的情况又或者更多?

面对突如其来的重病,基督徒会怎么做?

我们会问全能的上帝,为什么?

因为祂有答案,而我们没有。

坚强的基督徒也会问 “这是祢对我的旨意吗?” 因为我们知道,如果我们被某种疾病折磨是祂的旨意,祂会与我们一起承担,让危机变为转机,使我们可以荣耀基督。

我们可以坚守祂的承诺,祂将与我们一起经历火和洪水,我们也不会被吞噬或淹没。请记住,火焰没有烧伤那三位朋友,唯一被烧伤的是捆绑他们的绳索。没有其他东西。基督与他们同在烈焰熊熊的火窑中。在上帝的旨意所允许的疾病中,祂将与我们一路同行。

我们不需要害怕可怕的痛苦,因为祂不会允许。诗篇41:3告诉我们,主自己会在我们的病床上扶持我们。当我们生病时,永恒的上帝对我们的照顾和扶持是最令人欣慰的。医学也只能做那么多。

至于我们的忧虑和各种担心,天父知道。耶稣说:”凡劳苦担重担的人可以到我这里来,我就使你们得安息”。这安息使我们不再为未知数而折腾。

主还提醒我们:”不要为明天忧虑”,无论是为我们自己还是为我们所爱的人。这不是一个请求,是一个命令。真正的门徒都会顺服,使他们得益处。

对于我们自己和亲人的经济或其他需求,请记住上帝说, “天下万物都是我的”(约伯记41:11)。祂的手从未缩短过。当我们坚定地相信祂时,属天的旨意会使你蒙神恩寵。

当我们离开时,上帝会照顾我们的孩子。祂说祂会教导和祝福义人的孩子。如果我们把他们培养成时时敬畏上帝并按祂的方式行事的人,我们就不必担心。

最后,”我将我的平安赐给你们 “是对一个患病的基督徒最大的祝福。一颗平静的心是快乐的源泉。一旦你平静下来,并确信活着的上帝会照顾你和你所有的事情因为你应付不了,你就会有时间祷告,并向亲人和其他人传福音。这将是一个多么伟大的见证啊!谁知道有多少灵魂会因为一个生病的朋友的分享而得到拯救,因为无论他的疾病结果如何,他都会在他的上帝那里享受安息?主可能仍然会像希西家王的生命那样治愈并延长他的日子。谁知道呢?

祈祷:父啊,我们要求在健康的时候有信心,特别是在生病的时候。用你的右手托住我们,当我们躺在病床上时,求主给我们的灵得到神圣并奇妙的安慰。

帮助我们在疾病的火窑中看到耶稣,因为我们想与祂交谈,就像那三个朋友那样。赐给我们平安,让我们知道当突然的疾病按祢的旨意降临到我们身上时,你会一直照顾我们和我们所爱的人。我们是奉主耶稣的荣耀之名请求的,阿门。