Earlier this month I began a 100 day Bible Study Challenge. Each day for approximately 10 minutes a day, for 100 days, I will work on a Bible Study. I have been pretty successful so far only missing a couple of days. On the days I missed, I made up for it the next day.
I have discovered that taking this extra time to really understand The Word has given me new insights. One verse I studied recently jumped out at me. It is 1 Thessalonians 5:23:
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Here we are shown that all three parts of man: mind, body, and spiritual, are all connected. If one concentrates on the physical and neglects the other components there will be an imbalance. It is like a three- legged chair. If one leg is longer than the other, the chair will not sit straight. One needs to address all three aspects of self to maintain balance.
This is exactly how I am trying to manage my chronic illnesses. I can’t just focus on the physical and mental aspects. I need to incorporate the spiritual as well to maintain stability. Actually the spiritual aspect is most important. Romans 5: 1-4 tells,
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.“
It is the hope in my soul that allows me to endure the sufferings from my illnesses. Having my soul at peace allows me to handle the physical and mental issues caused by sickness. Without hope, what is there?