GIVING THANKS IN ILLNESS

On Thanksgiving Day we are grateful for all we have been blessed with. Those of us who are Christians give thanks to the Triune God. We believe God is the source of all blessings.

Many give thanks for their good health. We have all been sick at times, but God is the Great Physician who heals. He has created our bodies with the ability to fight off many illnesses. God has given doctors and other health professionals abilities to diagnose and treat illness. He guides the physician’s mind and the surgeon’s hands. God enables nurses to act as the doctor’s right hand, giving care to heal. Other health professionals work in concert with doctors and nurses, attempting to produce the best outcome. And God Himself can heal those cases resistant to cure, if it be His will.

But how about the sick who’ve been treated and are about to go down to their graves without a medical or miraculous healing. Do they have anything to be grateful for other than the blessings God bestowed on them before they became ill? We must consult the Holy Bible for the answer.

There is a treasure trove of blessings promised to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, whose works demonstrate their faith, and who have a personal relationship with God. He promises to never abandon us. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). He is by your side to comfort you in illness if you reach out to Him. If you’re faithful to God, in death your assurance is sealed. You go down to the grave, knowing Christ will come again to usher you into His everlasing kingdom. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16,17).

As for the dying who don’t know the Lord, it is never too late. Jesus pardoned the dying thief who acknowledged Him as Lord while on the cross, and on that day, Jesus promised the thief he would see Jesus in heaven.

It is our Christian duty to bring these dying souls to Christ when we visit them. Let your conversation flow from the heart, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

On Thanksgiving Day, as on other days, Christians have faith: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Perhaps our faith in God is what we can be most thankful for.

—All Scripture Quotations taken from KJV—

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