Billy Graham: Triumph in Affliction

“You don’t understand now why I am doing it; some day you will.” John 13:7

May I remind you that physical illness is not the worst thing that can happen to someone? “It was not having sufficient hope and sustainable faith that is the worst, because there is no risk, gain, love, progress and future without them. Some of the most twisted, miserable people I have ever met had no physical handicap while some of the world’s greatest and most useful people have been handicapped.

“The Messiah” was composed by Handel, who was suffering from a paralyzed right side and arm. Catherine Booth, in the last year of her life, said that she could not remember one day free from pain.

Helen Keller has written, “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and God.” Some of the most radiant Christians I have ever met were “wheelchair” saints. May God give you grace to “triumph in affliction.”

Pray for divine healing of the sick/unhealthy/feeble, either partially or generally weak and help them indiscriminately without hesitation, as much as God deposits in you.

Prayer for the day: When physical afflictions tests me as help to the afflicted or afflicted, may they draw me closer to You, Shame my foes, and give glory to You my beloved Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Extracted From: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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