I was looking at my blog stats this morning and I was surprised to see that some of my links that I’ve been getting are from another blog of a self-proclaimed atheist.
From the short bit that I read of this guy’s blog, it was clear to me that he scoffs at the idea of Jesus-based miraculous healing and loves to mock those who believe in such. And normally this wouldn’t bother me – after all, we are all given free will and can believe whatever we want to believe.
But then I thought, is he using my blog as just another example of a foolish Christian with foolish faith who thought they would get a miraculous healing?
And THAT bothers me.
I don’t want my mom’s death to be a discouragement to anyone. I know that she worried that if she didn’t receive her healing here on earth, that others would be disappointed.
I am not disappointed. Yes, I am very very grieved and I will NEVER forget the loss of my sweet Mama. But my faith in healing is not any less today than it was 8.5 months ago when we first found out about mom’s diagnosis.
I KNOW that God still heals today. I have seen it and I have heard first-hand accounts of many other healings. I am a result of a miracle myself! My mom was diagnosed with untreatable infertility years and years ago and God healed her and she ended up giving birth to 4 children, including me.
But beyond just my own faith, the bottom line is that we all have a choice to make: do we believe the Bible or not?
And I believe the Bible is true.
And the Bible tells me that God wishes health & life for us:
Exodus 23:25-26 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
Psalms 103:2-3 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
So for me, the question is not DOES GOD STILL HEAL but why do we not always get the healing we believe for? And the best I can come up with is that: 1) We live in a fallen world with mortal bodies that ALL eventually die and 2) God is Sovereign and sometimes He has a plan that just isn’t how we wish it would be.
I do not believe that God GIVES sickness, but I believe that in our fallen world, sickness is unfortunately just something that comes with it. But we can still press forward for healing every day for any issue, and God is able. He is willing!
I will continue to believe in God’s healing power, no matter if it makes me look foolish or not.