In a comment posted to that blog, @greybear wrote:
|He is a great God and He can heal all things, but He has a plan and not all will be healed within that plan. It is a hard truth, but it is His plan and we must know that He still loves us through all things.|
I do not believe I could have said it better. You see, faith trusts God no matter what. Faith is about following Christ and trusting God even if it appear to yourself and even others that God does not hear your prayers or has abandoned you. Sometimes, like Abraham, we have a promise to cling to. God has told us we will have "a son". We just need to be patient and wait. Other times, like Job or Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we have no promise of deliverance in this world. None whatsoever. How do we respond in situations like that? Do we shake our fist at Heaven, turn away and cease to follow Jesus Christ? Or do we continue to say, "I will follow you and trust you, no matter what?
It is in the midst of the "fire", in the midst of adversity that our true colors come forth. This is where the rubber meets the road and our faith is not merely words... it is a reality. This is when we understand that the foundation of our faith cannot be based upon what God does or does not do. Yes, those are building blocks but they cannot be the foundation. The foundation of our faith is the acknowledgment and acceptance of who Jesus Christ is.