Is Suffering a Punishment from God?

Is Suffering a Punishment from God?

Learning to deal with a chronic illness is understanding that chronic disease is not a punishment from God.

When suffering from chronic pain or illness, it is not uncommon to ask, “why me?” Never forget that our chronic disease and suffering is not a punishment from God though sometimes the chronic illness is a result of the consequences of a sin committed by you or someone else.

Bible Verse

Psalm 103:10 (KJV), “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”

What the Verse Means

Having a chronic illness and the resulting physical and mental suffering that may result is not punishment for sin.

Pray Using Scripture

  • Adonai, thank you for not having me suffer as I deserved to suffer or receive the punishment for my sins that I deserve.
  • Father in heaven, thank you for the provision you give me as a Believer in Jesus Christ through 1 John 1:9 (KJV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  • I bless you, Even when my body and being aches I realize you have allowed me happiness and even joy, so I praise your holy name.

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Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle. If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format.

2 thoughts on “Is Suffering a Punishment from God?

  1. When trials come upon us, we wonder, “Why is this happening to me?” While we are accountable for our actions, it is comforting to know that God grants us grace and mercy. I certainly don’t pretend to understand why bad things happen to good people (illness, tragic accidents, financial hardship, etc.), but I’m always aware that God is in control and He will be our rock. Thanks for your inspiring message.

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