“And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” -Matthew 6:58
I had a conversation with a fellow Christian about medicine, faith, and healing. You will find people up and down the spectrum on the issue. From one end saying that taking any medicine is a lack of faith and prohibits God; to the other end of the spectrum believing that God isn’t any longer in the business of healing people.
We didn’t quite see eye to eye on the topic, but it was an interesting conversation none the less. I am pleased with the resulting line of thoughts it invoked though because it moved my needle on the spectrum a little bit resulting in my own healing testimony.
I looked at some of my own views on God and medicine and doctors and realized I kind of have my own box that I put God into. I go along the line of thinking that if it isn’t cancer or some sort of life or death situation that God has bigger fish to fry. Sure it would be great if he would step across the natural workings and zap away my headache, but that isn’t His typical modus operandi.
After relaying my healing story (I’m getting to it give me a second) to the wife and talking to her about the same ideas, she was in the same camp. God has bigger things to do. This is a world of billions of people, and they have far worse health issues going on. Then it hit me as so many things do via some stuff with my kids. I have come to conclude that kids are like the idiot’s guide to understanding God.
My one year old lives in a world full of billions of people. They all have problems and I want to help them when I can. When she cries though she takes precedent. Even though her not being able to get up on the couch, or not having anymore snacks left isn’t a “problem” at all; I rush to her to help.
This is how I find God treats me. I’m not any better than anybody, I don’t deserve it anymore, I’m simply willing to cry out to my Father. He is more than willing to rush in and help. This brings me back to my box theory. I was considering all of this and wondering where I got this idea that God will only swoop in on the big stuff and why I’m so hesitant to ask Him for small things….Don’t ask God for too many small things, He might be out of power when you need something big. I really think that’s how I think of it sometimes lol (is it ok to put lol in blogs?) anyway on to my driving/healing story…
I’m cruising home after work and doing a little praying. Everybody knows our lives are so busy that sadly sometimes the only time alone with God is on the road. In passing I ask God to touch my neck and help it heal up (pain and gimp level mobility from some strenuous exercise) Then it hits me how cliché I’m being in my prayer. I’m not praying with any kind of expectancy that God will do anything. I’m having zero faith, only faith that he is going to heal it in time as in the same way that generally any person believer or not experiencing those symptoms would get healed given there wasn’t anything permanent about their injury.
I’m not saying if you aren’t getting healed you faith is weak, or that God heals instantaneously in miracle fashion all day every day. I am however saying, that in this case my faith was weak and upon backing up and praying again for my neck with an expectancy of something to happen that I was healed and immediately had mobility back in my neck.
Let me add all of my own rationalizations before you add your own. I was rubbing on my neck as I was praying, perhaps I popped something into place somewhere. This would be incredible luck and I wish it would have happened any of the other 4 days I was doing the same thing. Perhaps enough time had passed and the body was just ready to be limber again….I could go with that if I had gone to sleep and woke up feeling better, but for it to just randomly feel better on the drive home when it hadn’t improved up to that point makes no sense, well natural sense anyways.
I don’t know why sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes the answer is no, but this time the answer was yes and I believe it was to teach me to quit telling God how to do His job. I don’t get to dictate to God what problems are big enough for Him to handle. I also don’t get to tell him, this small stuff you will deal with according to the laws of nature you have set up, but these big things I want you to handle in miraculous fashion.
The last take away from this for me was just the overwhelming humbling feeling when you realize that the God of all creation, the great I AM cares about your little gimp neck. I am thankful to know the one true living and God, and even more thankful that He is a loving God.
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