Dealing with illness can be a discouraging and isolating experience. In such moments, it is important to remember that God has promised to walk through every situation right beside us—and, when things are at their worst, to carry us through it. God says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isa. 46:4, NIV).

Jesus has an intimate understanding of everything that we are going through. He is ready, willing and able to deliver us. The apostle James wrote, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:14-15). These verses encourage the body of believers to pray the prayer of faith for the sick. In every situation, no matter how desperate the outlook or grave the prognosis, we are called to exercise our faith and to encourage those who are struggling.

God gives some of His greatest blessings in the midst of trials. God can mold us, strengthen us, and sustain us even if, ultimately, complete healing doesn’t come. Continue to believe in God’s power to heal. At times, God teaches us more and draws us closer to Him as we walk down the painful road of suffering.

In a contemplative song of praise, David asked, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Ps. 139:7-10). No matter what life brings, God will always be with you and those you love.