2 Cor. 2:16 - … For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Reflecting on our bodies as God's temple, a question continues to arise. How do we approach temples broken in body and mind … some since birth or childhood? Recalling the many thoughts spoken, taught, and said over the years; there seemed no more appropriate conclusion than the title of this blog. If looking for a scripture verse the following seems appropriate:
Prov. 21:2 - Every man’s way (or belief's are - mine) is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
Most believers when encountering troubles in another person's life want to have an answer or 'the answer.' Often though without intention, inflicting more harm than good.
Reading of a young Muslim woman converted to Christianity; her country allowed family members to kill anyone foresaking Allah. She was shot but did not die. The bullet severing spine leaving her completely paralyzed. It seemed good enough to the betrayed family she live the remaining years bedfast.
A dilemma confronts us. The woman says her vocation now is "a witness to other Muslim's of Christ as Savior." Everyone coming within ear shot hears, Jesus Christ as revealed Savior and Lord. One day she and they can spend true eternal paradise with Him, if only believing.
Question, if no faith or sin issue exists why does God not heal her? Then she could leap from bed, walking out to proclaim Christ as Savior to everyones amazement! Much as Paul, stoned and body drug outside city gates with disciples gather round. Only Paul pops up, then returns to the city. (Acts 14) If a faith or sin issue exists, why does God not illuminate it for repentance and physical healing? This would bring tremendous glory to God.
Which shows greatest faith and glory to God? Trusting for healing or spending years, even decades confined to a bed yet never wavering in God's goodness always. Unwavering in the saving grace of Christ spoken until final breath? The honest believer says they do not know; only God.
The condition, difficulty, affliction, or trial life recurrently continues to place in our path brought to the forefront a wonderful song. It outlines these simple but profound truths:
- God delights in His people.
Psa. 149: 4 - For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
- He will never leave.
Matt. 28:20 - "I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
- The Lord provides all answers.
Prov. 3:6 - In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight
- Our Father knows our needs and provides seeking Him.
Matt. 6: 33 - "… seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
- Regardless of circumstance, He is perfect in everything.
Psa. 18:30 - As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
- The Lord's love is boundless and beyond measure.
Psa. 103:11 - For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
- Christ gives peace beyond this world's comprehension.
John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
- By His Spirit, we are called to the deep things of God.
I Cor. 2:10 - For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
We truly do have a Good, Good, Father!
Psa. 84:11 - For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Good, Good, Father - Chris Tomlin
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