A friend of mine at the age of twenty-six went from fit and active to being completely paralysed. He broke his back at the third vertebra when he dived in a river during Youth Camp. This was many years ago, and plenty of people have come and asked God to heal him. But he is still completely paralysed.
Is God really loving? Is God really all-powerful? These questions can easily slip into our minds when considering this story, or any personal story when you plead with God to heal and nothing happens.
So, what if God does not heal? We must know that God is infinitely wiser than us (Isaiah 55:8). His thoughts and ways are not like ours at all. If he chooses not to heal, there must be a just, holy, loving and righteous reason why he does not, because God definitely loves us (John 3:16; Ephesians 1:4; 1 John 4:10), God definitely has enough power to heal (Job 42:2; Matthew 22:29; Romans 1:20) and desires to heal (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 147:2; Luke 5:15).
In my friend’s words, his paralysis has become a blessing far greater than he could imagine. He has experience God’s love and power more in these last few years than his whole life. He has led more people to the Lord, healed more people and has worshipped the Lord greater since he became paralysed.
Therefore, we must not lose heart and trust God. He knows what is best, and we must just keep praying and seeking the Lord. Not everyone you pray for will be healed. But if you do not pray, no one will receive healing.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us faith and perseverance to keep praying for your kingdom to come in our world.
Young Adults Pastor
Summerstrand United Church
69 Erasmus Drive, Port Elizabeth
041 583 2930 or 082 689 7696