‘He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit,
And my life shall see the light.’ “Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men, To bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life. Job 33 : 28-30
As I was reading Job 32-33 this morning I was reminded of a time when I faced serious illness and a possible threat to my life. I could relate to the situation described by Elihu to Job. The important point to grasp in this chapter is that God uses circumstances to talk to His children. In verse 15 you find God will use dreams and visions to speak to us, let me assure you this is still true today. A dream I had many years ago is forever etched in my memory to this day. Essentually these experiences of God in life are to draw us closer, walking in righteousness heading towards a heavenly eternity.
When serious illness comes to life it brings much anxiety for all concerned, the victim and their loved ones. Satan will whisper in our ears that God is punishing us, it is a complete lie. God is a loving Father and will use any current situation in our life, including serious illness, to draw us closer to Him. He wants to bless us in all circumstances, if we draw near Him in faithful prayer. All the resources of Heaven are at work in the life of a child of God who is seriously sick. In verses 23-24 we find that Angels work as mediators for people in times of such trials, interceding on their behalf to Almighty God.
In the fullness of time as I recovered from my illness I was able to look back on it in thankfulness. I could see how God had guided me and preserved me, indeed drawing me closer to Him. There have been other times of illness since that time, but praise God He remains faithful in His provision. Dear reader, I would pray that if you are suffering such illness that Father God will preserve you and draw you closer to Him.