The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, but as for a broken spirit, who can bear it? – Proverbs 18:14
When you’re reeling from sickness, hope is essential. This verse states we can indeed endure sickness. A greater issue is not our physical condition, but our emotional and spiritual state. There are Stage IV cancer patients who are happier than wildly successful celebrities. Circumstances don’t have to dictate our sense of well-being. In fact, I spoke just this morning with a Stage IV patient, Itai Mhuriro, who made this amazing statement, “This cancer is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has caused me to live each day the way it’s supposed to be lived!”
So how do we maintain hope when our body is being torn down by disease? How do we avoid despair? During my battle with Stage IV metastatic melanoma, I had moments, even days of slipping into despair. So I learned from my mistakes and from God-ordained breakthroughs. If I had to boil down the lessons to one core truth, it is this:
We must believe that through God’s power we can handle anything
the disease throws at us.
Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). The burden is not on my ability or your ability to cope, but on Christ’s. Let Him hold you up.
Lord, let Your strength and love fill us with hope right now.