You’re a planner. You plan for vacation, your kids’ education, and that much-needed new home appliance.
You didn’t plan on your loved one getting sick.
At first you said, We can do this. You pinched pennies, tapped into savings, got by. But as the illness and the questions grew, the insurance benefits maxed out and the bank account dwindled.
You couldn’t have anticipated the costs. How could you have planned for the many doctor’s visits, the hospital stays, the medications you can’t pronounce? After stressful days and the looming shadow of an uncertain future, the bills piling up on the dining room table might seem like a cruel joke. It feels like your life is falling apart, and now you have to pay for it.
Where is God?
You might be wondering, Where is God in all this? You might even be thinking, God, how can you possibly love me and still let this happen?
In the Bible, King David asked the same questions. Throughout his life, David was ridiculed, rejected, and betrayed by those he loved—he even had to fight for his own life.
Even as David questioned God, he found strength in God’s promises. He found comfort in God’s love. And he found confidence in God’s power.
If you’re overwhelmed by a loved one’s sickness and mounting medical bills, take a few moments to reflect on the comfort and strength found in these words from the Psalms of David:
- Psalm 63:1-3 (GNTD)
O God, you are my God,
and I long for you.
My whole being desires you;
like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,
my soul is thirsty for you.
Let me see you in the sanctuary;
let me see how mighty and glorious you are.
Your constant love is better than life itself,
and so I will praise you.
- Psalm 28:7 (GNTD)
The Lord protects and defends me;
I trust in him.
He gives me help and makes me glad;
I praise him with joyful songs.
- Psalm 3:3-4 (GNTD)
But you, O Lord, are always my shield from danger;
you give me victory
and restore my courage.
I call to the Lord for help,
and from his sacred hill he answers me.
- Psalm 139:1, 5-6
Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
You are all around me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.
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