The one thing to remember when someone says sin is the cause of your disease

You have a disease. It cripples your mornings, costs your afternoons, and keeps you up at night. You take whatever medicine the doctor tells you to take, get sick of it, try a homeopathic way, can’t do it alone, go back to your medicine, change doctors, try to find a happy medium. Start all over again.

You’re sick.

You’re tired.

You’re sick and tired of what people tell you about why you’re sick when every part of your body that’s hurting feels like it has its own heartbeat.

Then someone tells you you’re sick because of the sin in your life. You’ve heard the speeches about how you should eat better and that you did this to yourself, but you haven’t heard this before.

Please remember this one thing dear friend:

Remember the blind man Jesus healed.

Remember Jesus’ words when his disciples asked him who had sinned and why the man was born blind. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:1-3).

I’m not a theologian nor a preacher, but I don’t think it’s hard to understand what Jesus is simply saying here.

What we think is unfortunate in our lives could very well be one of the deepest, most amazing ways God displays His glory. It’s through the trial. It’s through the aching. It’s through the disease.

Every once in a while, I’ll find myself trying to make sense of pain and suffering. Yes, it’s a very large thought indeed. While my mind will start racing to answer, my heart will come in with very simple reasoning.

Perhaps pain draws us to God. Perhaps we cannot grow spiritually or even morally for that matter if pain was non-existent; we cannot show compassion unless there is someone in desperate cry for care. We cannot give to the needy if no one has less than us. Everyone’s pain is an opportunity to show tender-hearted love.

I don’t know your story or what chronic illness you’re going through, but I do have empathy for you. I understand because I know chronic pain—I know it well and I know it young. I know the burns, the painful joints, the flares, the extreme fatigue, the headaches. I know the feeling of wanting to toss the papers that read normal life out the window. Our stories may be totally different or on the contrary seemingly similar. We may not understand why we have a disease, but our pain is not hopeless. And our pain isn’t because of the reasons a random person at the food market tells us it is; there is no one cause of pain. It’s what God himself is stirring in us; what God is doing in us through it for others. And it’s beautiful.

We all know that all it takes is one forged smile to hide an aching soul—to hide what’s really going on. Be real with the ones that love you; hold their hands while you’re sipping your morning coffee and pour your heart out. Talk with others going through chronic pain, you’re not alone. Don’t let the words of others that don’t understand dictate your life.

Have faith in the pain. Remember the blind man Jesus healed—remember his words, dear friend.

Until next time,

Sav

photo: kendall lauren vegan photography

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29 thoughts on “The one thing to remember when someone says sin is the cause of your disease

  1. The Dizzy Optimist

    Ecclesiastes 9:11 reminds us that “time and unexpected events befall all of us”. But I always take comfort in the reminder that the Apostle James was inspired to write at James 1:13. That God does not try us with evil things. Instead he gave us Jesus’ time on earth to show us that he and his son have the desire and the power to heal mankind. Just think of all that Jesus did when he was on earth. He healed disease, he fed the hungry, he brought the dead back to life. And he taught us to pray for God’s kingdom to come, because it would cause his will to be done on earth, just like it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9) Our pain teaches us to rely on him and to build faith his promises. But always remember that like a loving parent, our Father wants to remove our pain. And he will – when that kingdom that we pray for does all that he has purposed for it to do.
    Thank you for sharing. And keep growing in faith.

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  2. God's Warrior

    This is a great post. When you said, “It’s through the trial. It’s through the aching. It’s through the disease.”

    You are correct. It is through those tough trials that God shows Himself strong. We may have to go through them, but maybe that is God’s way of pushing us towards our intended purpose in life.

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  3. hope4theheartalways

    Hello – thank you for you authenticity and your courage both to live your life and to share it here. Like you, I do not have an answer for why, but rather ask what do I need to know about You in this moment Lord; what do I need to know about me? Those questions create a pathway for connection with my Heavenly Father for Him to take what the enemy purposed for evil and turn it to His good purpose (Gen 50:20). It has provided the perspective to live knowing every need and weakness I have is just another connecting point opportunity with Abba to experience and receive from Him exceedingly, abundantly above what I can dare to dream so that like the blind man in this parable, God’s glory is revealed! Praying for you to receive ever increasing revelations of God’s love for you!

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  4. Martha Thompson

    I love what you say here. It’s very comforting to communicate with other people who live with chronic illness. I blame myself all the time for being sick, but I had no part in my genetics, right? All the things you suggest ring true with me and I try to do the same. Bless you for sharing. And thank you for visiting my blog and liking a post!

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  5. rarewithachane

    I believe this, I did the moment I was diagnosed my dad even wants to change his life ( by getting baptized ) but the rest of my family (extended) thinks I should just pray it away. I believe that GOD has a greater plan in the works so much bigger than my diagnosis.

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  6. gracefig

    Beautifully written. God never “does” bad things to people. Nor does he allow things to happen to people out of vengeance. God, our perfect loving Savior, allows (does not cause) horrific things to happen to us for a reason. Maybe someone’s testimony is what saves the lives of many, but it saves the life of one… or even yourself? Horrible things happen in this world. Nothing caused your illness. Your unspoken joy and faith in our Lord is infectious. Thank you for posting this, blessings to you and your family.

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  7. oneta hayes

    I find your posts filled with truth, courage, and hope. I’m sure Jesus’s delights in you, and you are right – your illness if for a purpose. Possibly that is enough to know; that is what it is to trust. As you noted the blind man being blind for God’s glory; many even in this day are seeing God’s glory and receiving personal encouragement from his story. Submission in the battle is a noble thing. Thank you. I shall follow you.

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  8. Marianne

    I agree, we need to stop listening to “well meaning” Christians – or anyone for that matter that doesn’t know the love or faith of God. Keep standing in faith, Savannah, and yes, the blind man Jesus healed had his situation for a season…then his healing was manifested. Jesus said, “believe you receive what you desire, when you pray…” His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven…what is His will? What Jesus did on earth is the will of the Father.

    Blessings for good days now and in your future,

    Marianne ♥

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  9. thewayonline

    People need to be very careful about the judgements they pass on people’s illness’. One of the professors at the school I attend is in a wheelchair, he is an older gentleman who contracted polio before the vaccine. He didn’t die but his legs no longer work nor does his left hand. He says that the Lord promised healing and all his children will be healed. It’s either here (now) , there (in the future on earth) or in the air (in heaven with Jesus) but he said you can trust 100 percent you will receive healing one day and whatever you are gong through is not a forever situation. So now I just tell myself, here, there or in the air…healing IS coming.

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