The Financial Turmoil We Face

This was a devotional written by a friend that spoke volumes to my heart.  I pray it does the same for you. -Pastor Charles

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can
do all this through him who gives me strength. Philipians 4:12-13

There are probably very few people with chronic illnesses and
disabilities who are not severely impacted by financial losses due to
their condition. As the primary breadwinner in our home, when I was
knocked flat by illness, we went through terrible financial hardship
because of my health.

It can feel like a cold slap in the face to be hit by financial losses
on top of being stricken with illness and disease. You find yourself
barely afloat dealing with your affliction, and then the money stops
coming in, doctor bills and medication costs pile up, making you feel
like you are sinking in debt when your health is already dragging you
down.

There is a terrible helpless feeling that overcomes you when you see
rising expenses and have no idea how to pay for the added burden. As
if adding another layer to our fatigue, depression, and anxiety, the
rising costs of our illness can be crushing. It is a suffocating
feeling when our health costs across the board are far more than we
can carry.

Talk about Faith, you are going to need it to carry the associated
burdens of financial strains related to chronic illness. Looking back
on just how terrible my finances have been because of my health, and
looking forward to ongoing financial challenges, the only word that
comes to my mind is “faith”.

Trusting that the Lord will make a way is the only way forward through
your financial challenges when illness turns your world upside down. I
honestly cannot explain how God enabled me to get through years of
terrible financial strain because of my health woes, I can only say
that it truly was God who worked miracles time and again so that we
were not crushed by the weight of financial burdens.

We trust God for so many things. I would encourage you to take your
financial burdens before the Lord and ask Him to make a way through
your financial challenges.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us through the burden of health costs, and
thank You for the many ways You have already helped us. Amen.

Question: Have the financial costs of your illness weighed you down?
Have you brought these cares to the Lord and asked Him to make a way
for you through your financial burdens?

Karlton Douglas 2013

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