Yesterday, I pointed out that having deep faith in God doesn’t guarantee a pain-free life. For every “health, wealth, and happiness” verse people quote, I can think of twenty others that speak to the inevitability of pain and suffering in a believer’s life. We can learn much from that, or nothing at all; we can run toward God, or away—it’s our choice. Adversity introduces us to ourselves and God in ways that nothing else can. Most of the people I know who have a very deep walk with the Lord have been through a lot of pain. I don’t think that’s accidental. I’m guessing you don’t either.
Sometime ago, I did a funeral for a woman named Mollie who had fought a valiant, five-year battle with cancer. At her graveside, I said, “Mollie had cancer, but never let it be said that cancer had Mollie. It didn’t—her faith was too strong. Her testimony reached multitudes. Indeed, she inspired more people to reflect on their relationship with God than any of us will ever know.” Everyone there knew that was true, even though we’d all prayed fervently for her healing.
I believe in healing, and I pray for it consistently, but I never demand it. My job is to pray; God’s job is to do what He thinks is best. What I know for sure is this: We all die... regardless of how many times God may choose to heal us along the way. At death, we go in the grave; at the Second Coming, we come out! Sin and death is the curse of humanity; grace and redemption, the ultimate reality. To God be the glory. “All the world is full of suffering,” wrote Helen Keller, “but it’s also full of overcoming.” Amen.
Why not make a list of people today who need healing, then pray for them, and thank God for listening. He always does, you know… and that’s really all that matters, don’t you think?