To say the past few weeks have been difficult would be a gross understatement. I have dealt with what seems like a never ending parade of dental problems that have resulted in numerous trips to the dentist, unbelievable pain and the inability to consistently focus on things such as writing quality blogs etc. I wish to apologize for my slackness in posting blogs and beg your forgiveness and understanding.
It is not easy nor is it pleasant dealing with any physical problem that necessitates repeated treatment. The cost in money, time and physical discomfort is staggering. For those who must deal with cancer or other life threatening diseases, there is no question as to the justification in doing whatever it takes to fix the problem. But, for something like teeth, it is a little more difficult to decide what to do.
The Bible states that we have this incredible spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not us. The Apostle Paul spends a lot of time on this subject in 2 Corinthians. He makes it clear that as long as we have this earthly body, we are going to suffer pain, problems, tribulation and affliction. Paul also lays out the hope that one day we will cast off this imperfect earthly tabernacle and be given a new body fashioned like the glorious body of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
I used to believe that a believer could overcome every physical, emotional, mental and financial woe by claiming our victory in Christ. Over the years I prayed thousands of prayers for myself and others demanding that God heal something in the name of Jesus. I would honestly say that the success rate was about 50%. I now know that healing is God's prerogative and not ours. I now know that we must accept both the miracles of instantaneous healing as well as the times the will of God necessitates us suffering for a season.
Over time I have come to understand that I cannot impose my will on God but rather must humbly be willing to say the words Jesus said in the Garden; not my will but Thine be done . I may pray for a miracle but it is entirely up to God if that miracle comes to pass. I have learned that my job is to take what ails me and lay it at the feet of Jesus. My job is to accept His will in my life, whatever it may be. My job is to muster the faith, strength and humility to accept His will and rejoice in it.
Whether my bad teeth are the cross I am to bear (along with heart disease and fibromyalgia) or something God will deal with in His due time I do not know. What I am sure of and rejoice in is that my eternal life and more abundant life now are in no way dependent upon how I feel physically or the state of my finances.
I have learned that whether I am sick, healthy, poor or rich; God is watching over me and leading me to the day when all the woes of this life will be removed and all pain and tears will be washed away forever. I have learned to rejoice in tribulation, be patient in affliction and not to be anxious about anything for God is in control of my life and no matter how things look; all is well with my soul.
So often when we pray this prayer, there are Christians standing by who have the uneasy feeling that this means that we either do not believe in miracles and/or we lack the faith for God to do so. It means nothing of the sort! Yes, God is our Heavenly Father and He does hear our prayers. We certainly can bring our requests to Him and I certainly believe that we need to bring our troubles, illnesses, etc. before Him and in faith declare that God has power over these things... because He does!
At the same time, we must understand that it is a request, not a demand. God responds to our requests as He sees fit... not as we see fit. We must remember that. We must never forget that God sees and understands things that we do not. Which is a greater miracle? A person who is healed of cancer or a person who has a thankful heart and is testifying about the love of God even though they have stage four cancer? The person who can now walk or the person who is on disability which pays less than what their living expenses are and yet somehow God enables them to pay all of their bills, they have a roof over their head, food to eat and... they can even give to others?
All of these things are a result of God's intervention and a testimony of His power and love! ALL of them!
May we trust in God always... no matter what!
You have discovered the key to all wisdom; God is in control.
I loved reading your blog. You have spoken as one that has learned the heart of God.
Thank you, and may God's will be done in your life.