I’m the first to admit the subject of healing is not an easy one for me. I don’t understand why some are healed and some are not…but really, who am I? I understand that God has His reasons for me having this illness, and I know He has plans for everyone who suffers.
Anyway, I rely on God’s Word. It is my only hope. I don’t know or understand it all, but He tells me that He does…
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
God plainly tells us that His power works best in weakness. Our job is to pray, believe, and trust. Didn’t Jesus say that if we ask anything in His name, it will be done? So I am confident, and I know…that I know…I will be healed. But that is up to Him as to when.
I love these verses-they really encourage: “So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-8
Paul is living proof, that having mighty faith and holy living, do not guarantee physical healing. Although he didn’t remove Paul’s affliction, God promised to demonstrate His power through it. Think of people you know who are suffering with something, and then think of how the love and power of God is displayed through them…it’s incredible…you wonder how they could…? Just the fact that God’s power is displayed in our weaknesses should give us courage and hope. Because of our limitations we depend more on God’s power rather than our own energy, talent, or effort. Amen?
In verse 10, Paul says, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Can I mention pride? I was the queen of pride. I was so convinced and so secure in my own abilities and resources. I’ve learned that by being weak myself, I allow God to fill me with His power, and I’m so much stronger than I could have ever been on my own.