While walking on this earth, Jesus demonstrated that having just a little faith can make all the difference in the world. Countless times he called on those he came in contact with to believe before he healed them or forgave them. When he was done with his miracles those who received them were forever changed. Faith was the answer when there seemed no other way.
Yesterday one of my co-workers who has inoperable cancer came to me with the latest news from the doctor. In his own words the doctor said to him "What happened to your cancer?" They could not find a trace after months of chemo on their part, but also after months of family prayers on his part. Truly the words ring out Now You See It, Now You Don't!
At about the same time a very dear friend of mine asked me to pray for her son-in-law's Mother who also had terminal cancer and was given 2 years to live.
Let me ask you the question now and get it over with, Does God heal everyone, or even change every bad circumstance in our lives? To bring it closer to home, why was my son killed, or why was one of your younger family members taken?
If we look at life as just a blip in eternity, as God does, then we begin to understand that we ill never fathom the mind of God or his exact plans for our lives. Some are healed, some are not. Some are saved, some are not. Some are blessed beyond belief, others are persecuted. There is only one absolute, there is a God, he is alive, and he sent His son to redeem us for eternal life beyond what we see today.
Maybe that's more than one, but to believe it we must have faith that what is seen is not really what is. What we know is only a blip of the knowledge of God, and therefore we must choose faith, even just a little, for Him to work in our lives.
Are you positive or negative in your outlook? Would you prefer to live solely on what you see, or what may be possible with God's help? Interesting questions, especially for the scholars among us. Me, I just know from how my life was turned around that the Lord is still working miracles today and when I pray for you, or for me, I pray one will happen for us all when all looks lost.
Regardless of the outcome, God is still there, and my eternal joy will still be there. "Say to this mountain move, and it will move". In other words, give it a try because the master mountain mover is still at work.
And then you can say to your problem, Now You See It, Now You Don't! Selah
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.