God’s Benevolent Activity and Gracious Will

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes accepting God’s benevolent activity and gracious will for the life of the Believer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

What the verse means:

Each line of verse, with God as subject, is progressively longer (three, five, seven Hebrew words). God is the actor in all six clauses: bless, keep, make the face shine, be gracious, lift up countenance, and give peace. The six verbs together cover God’s benevolent activity from various angles and state God’s gracious will for the life of the people.

Praying using the verses:

1. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings that are poured out on our chronically ill loved one and our family.
2. Thank you, Lord, for keeping our chronically ill loved one. I thank you for the safety you provide in sheltering our chronically ill loved one from evil and illness.
3. Thank you, Lord, for smiling on our chronically ill loved one. We appreciate your benevolent disposition toward our chronically ill loved one and our family.
4. Thank you, Lord, for your graciousness toward our chronically ill loved one.
5. Thank Lord for turning your face toward our chronically ill loved one and the way it signifies your gracious movement toward them.
6. Thank you, Lord, for the peace you have given our chronically ill loved one and our family as they face their illness and treatment.

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Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.