Oh how we love to talk about God's promises! We love to talk about how He is our Deliverer. (Psalm 92) He is our Helper. (Psalm 46:1) He is our Provider. (Philippians 4:19) He is our Healer. (Isaiah 53:5) These are just a few. Oh, how I love the promises of God! I have clung to them my entire life and I try to constantly keep them before me as I travel on the dark and dangerous paths in this world.
How we rejoice when we witness God's deliverance. Just a few days ago, a friend here told me an amazing story of God's help and provision. How I celebrated! It was marvelous. A few years ago, my mom's best friend was put in hospice. Her cancer had spread throughout her entire body. God touched her and she was healed. They ran all the tests and couldn't find it anywhere. She is still rejoicing in the Lord to this very day. Praise God!
Oh how eager we are to tell God how much we love Him when He does things which please us but...what if we don't like the plan He has laid out for us. Will we still love Him?
What if, instead of delivering you from financial trouble, you lose everything you have and have no choice but to rely on God to provide for you day by day, moment by moment? What if He doesn't give you the dream job you wanted but has you scrubbing out toilets at minimum wage. Will you still love Him?
What if you never meet the right someone? What if your marriage isn't healed and it falls completely apart? What if you find your life in ruins and you find yourself abandoned by everyone in the world. Will you still love Him?
What if you've prayed and prayed and prayed and yet your path seems to be getting tougher and darker moment by moment? Will you still love Him?
What if you pray for healing and you or someone you love faces surgery, agonizing treatment and even premature death? Will you still love Him?
I think these are questions every Christ-Follower needs to ask themselves. Do I love God enough to willingly allow Him to "hurt" me if He chooses; trusting that regardless of what happens in this world or to this body, He has me?
Do we truly love Him enough to be able to say...Not my will but thine.
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)
Amen and amen dear sister. Far too many times Christians are led to believe they MUST be healthy and wealthy or they are a sinner or worse. Yes, the apostle John did pray for prosperity and health in III John, but on the other side of the coin Paul constantly sought to comfort and encourage believers who were suffering through great trials of affliction.
[quote]Do I love God enough to willingly allow Him to "hurt" me if He chooses; trusting that regardless of what happens in this world or to this body, He has me?[/quote]
Is incredibly profound and one that arouses the ire of many who would answer NO and think they are right. They want God to ONLY be their provider, guidance counselor, banker and doctor all rolled into one gigantic vending machine.
How many of us would be willing to live as John the Baptist did? How many of us would be willing to endure all that Paul went through? How many of us would dare live in caves for years as David did. Yet, all these amazing and Godly men loved God enough to answer YES, even if it cost them the comforts of life, material possessions, their health and even their lives.
All I can say is thank you for writing this very needed message!