As a teenager I watched as my Mom, suffered the debilitating pain of rampant arthritis.
Dad, had to carry Mom up the stairs to enter the house. We could almost see her hands and feet as they became crippled, in real time.
She soon, learned to survive, through the use of prescription pain pills. (I don’t think it removes the pain as much as makes you not care).
I was abnormally concerned with my own problems, oblivious to her pain and suffering.
As I got older I began to think her bad attitude, lack of faith, and snide smile, as she said something she thought, was clever,was the cause of her sickness.
Even as my wife and daughter reminded me, that I had the same faults…. Can you believe that? lol
I was redeemed, forgiven, blameless in the beloved. Yet hateful, seeking vengeance, a miserable, unforgiving son of a gun.
Yes, then arthritis in my feet and ankles, began to open my eyes.
Gee, maybe Mom couldn’t help being short with people, couldn’t control her attitude.
Now, into my hands.
I could push through, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. When it was just a problem, moving from here to there.
Now, it’s my hands. One in particular, not able to play octaves, painful to play single notes, never mind chords and melodies.
Now, the Lord has my attention. My livelihood is in jeopardy. Sure I can tune pianos using my left hand, but a lot of my income, is derived from playing.
Seek ye the Lord. He has promised.
Deuteronomy: 28. 1.
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”
What is going on? This pain is not a blessing? There are 13 verses of Blessings, why am I experiencing the curses?
Deuteronomy: 28. 15.
“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:”
Deuteronomy: 28. 22.
“The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.”
Deuteronomy: 28. 35.
“The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.”
Isn’t it strange, arthritis, seems to be part of the curse, for not obeying, seeking and serving the Lord?
I haven’t always. There were almost as many years of rebellion as there have been serving.
Is this arthritis a punishment for my past?
No, as with Job, (and I am not saying, I am the modern day Job), but we are all, at times tested, tried, encouraged by the devil, to abandon our faith.
Job: 1. 8.
“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?“
When tested, do we stay true? Do we remember the will of God? Do we turn to or away from our salvation?
Deuteronomy: 28. 63.
“And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.”
“that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you;“
The Lords will is that we prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers.
Turn to the Lord, Harken diligently to His Word and Ways.
He tells us, He is our Shepherd, we SHALL NOT WANT.
We must learn to stand on His Word. We must know His Word, We must know Him.
In the midst of trials and tribulation, turn to Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith.