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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”— Psalm 107:20 (NKJV)
I have a friend who has dealt with a disease in her body since she was nine years old. It affects every aspect of her life. She has been through multiple surgeries and procedures and lives on medication. She has good days and bad days, but God has been faithful. She said to me the other day, “I’ve spent most of my life asking God to heal me. Now when I wake up each day, I thank God for my healing and go on with my day. When He wants to heal me is up to Him.”
As a young Christian, I believed that if we just had enough faith, God would heal us. I spent a lot of time going to healing services and reading books on it. Then my sister was diagnosed with cancer. I just knew that God was going to heal her. We prayed; we fasted; we went to every church service we could find.
In the midst of our battle, I had dinner with Ruth Graham. I just knew that she would encourage me that our faith would bring my sister’s healing. As we talked she said to me, “It’s a whole lot easier to have faith in the hope of healing than it is to have faith as we face death.” I was so discouraged. And yet somehow her words penetrated my soul and I realized I needed to have faith in my Lord and trust Him regardless. As I shared my fears with my sister, she said to me, “Lisa, I’ll love Him if I live and I’ll love Him if I die.” And I realized that is all God really wants from us.
We are not exempt from the pain and suffering of this world. We will experience disease, our children will not be perfect, and evil will come our way from time to time. So what is God’s advice to us as we walk through difficult situations in this life? In Revelation 14:12 (NLT) it says, “God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.” Remember, faith is believing what you do not see. As I look at this verse, it seems to me that things will be getting worse before they get better. My friend is waiting patiently for her healing, even if she has to wait until heaven. That’s what faith requires.
DIG: Spend some time thinking about whatever situation is most difficult in your life today.
DISCOVER: Be honest with the Lord about your frustrations as you wait for God to show up.
DISPLAY: Pray for patience and watch God change your perspective.