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      I was recently thinking about Psalm 139:14 where David praises the Lord saying, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Just think that the infinite mind of God conceived and designed us. We were perfectly made before sin corrupted us. Though this is an awe-inspiring thought, we live our lives not thinking of these facts until something happens to bring life into focus.

     Such a situation happened to me. About a year ago I was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney disease. I don’t tell this for sympathy or pity from you, but rather to join the Psalmist in praise. You see, that which could bring great fear and discouragement has become a source strength and spiritual development. I cling to Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It has been wonderful to see how God has used this situation in my life.

      What I have learned through this experience is just how wonderfully we are made.

I did not know until this happened just what the kidneys do. Oh, I knew that they control the water flow in my body, but I had no idea that they controlled my red blood cell supply. Our kidneys tell our bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Mine no longer does that. The result is anemia. I have to take injections of the chemical that my kidneys used to produce to keep me going. I thank God for giving the doctors wisdom to do this!

      Beyond the knowledge of my body, I have learned valuable spiritual lessons. I had to seriously face my mortality. We all need to face the fact that we are going to die someday, and with my illness that day feels closer than I had previously thought. I cannot express how thankful I am to be able to say, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). What a great comfort to me because I know for certain my future in Heaven!

     I long for the day when God will remake my physical body. I rejoice to read

1 Corinthians 15:51 and 53: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” Beyond physical healing, I long for the day that God is going to take us back to His intended condition in the Garden of Eden before sin brought corruption. I am so thankful for salvation provided by our Lord Jesus Christ through His death on the cross for us.

     Suffering is part of the consequences of sin in this world. Pray that God will use these things to sanctify his saints. Please pray for IFM missionaries as they too are not immune to suffering. Pray for strong testimonies as they minister to the lost who are also suffering in sin.


Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6


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