The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament.
Very few Christians have been used to bring God glory as much as God used Him. However, God allowed Paul to suffer, to have “a thorn in [his] flesh” which he repeatedly “begged the Lord to take away” ( II Corinthians 12:7-8 ). The Lord did not answer Paul’s prayer with a “yes;” instead, God used this suffering for His glory, for Paul’s good, and for the building up of the Church.
You may discover that it is God’s will for you to endure illness. It is not His will for you to accept it passively, but to ask for recovery, even recruiting others to pray along with you. (See James 5:13-15 )
You may be doing business, school, work or other income generating activities, and face numerous problems. This is not the end of life, but rather it may be the beginning of the best moments in your life. Do not turn away from God as such may just be part of trials. Even when people have been awarded a job they undergo a probation period where the employers try to scrutinise their behaviour. Most of the trials we meet in life are there to strengthen us and build our faith.
But even in the midst of sickness and suffering, we must continue to seek the Lord, for “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” ( Romans 8:28 ). God can use any situation, any trials, any suffering for your good and for His glory.
Are you or a loved one suffering with illness? How do you need to see God’s work in your life?