JC Ryle wrote out some lessons that God intends us to learn as we lie on our sick beds or to share with others as they lie on their sick beds (and we will probably have opportunity to do more of the latter). As I move through different circles in my church, I find that I encounter people of varying ages who are either momentarily sick, have some extended sickness or who suffer from chronic sickness/pain. Let us not leave our sick beds or leave people on their sick beds just as we find them, but that we should share with them the comfort of knowing that the Sovereign Lord has purposed good for them through their sickness. I have told people (and told myself) that God often puts us in a bed or a hospital to slow us down and grab our attention. If that is true, then we do not want to waste our sickness by not giving God our attention. In that sense, being sick can be seen as a good thing. Indeed, along with Ryle, I would say that sickness is a blessing in disguise. See if you agree.
Here are 9 lessons: