Psalm 6:1-5 (NIV)

1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony.  3 My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? 4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.  5 No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave ?   

Exodus 15:26 (NIV)

26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

DEVOTION – Keith Williams (Alabama)

Soon I will be retiring from my job of 43 years.  About two months ago I began experiencing health problems that I never had before.  I frantically began going from doctor to doctor, taking handfuls of vitamins and other supplements, in hopes that my health would be restored.  However, none of my efforts afforded me any improvement.

During the time I was looking for answers for my health problems, I also began searching the scriptures, reading devotionals, and praying fervently for God to heal me.  But I’ve come to understand that God does not always answer prayers according to our schedule.  In my case some issues in my life before healing can come.

Now I am diligently working to resolve issues from my past.  I have forgiven those who have hurt me and have asked for forgiveness from those whom I have hurt.  I am working to clear out all the “debris” that has been clogging my spiritual life for many years.  Whether or not my physical health is restored, I will continue to praise God.  Even if I am not healed physically, my spiritual health has been made new.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Even if we are not pain-free we can be Spirit-filled.

PRAYER: God of compassion, instill in our minds and hearts that even in the presence of pain, you are beside us holding us in your hands.  Amen.