Posted January 29th, 2008 at 11:30 PM by Anne
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Have you ever noticed the tension we live in? We don’t want to sin—we sin. We want to do right—we fail. How many of you have ever said, “I will never do that again! I will never sin in that way again?” and then we sin in the same exact way within 24 hours? We pray for a miracle, it doesn’t happen. We pray for a miracle, it happens.
I know many people who have had physical healings; we’re talking, brain tumors disappearing, legs growing, etc. Total supernatural, inexplainable miracles. I've also known some who have prayed and prayed to be healed of cancer, only to go on and die of cancer, or someone who prays to be healed of some kind of physical ailment, only to have to live with said ailment.
So, why does God sometimes heal and sometimes not? Why do we want to do good, but fail? What is up with this tension we live in?
Physical healings are not about us; they never have been. It’s not, “If I believe hard enough,” or “If I don’t doubt,” or “If I just have enough faith,” or “If I just name it and claim it!” That’s totally putting the healing—the miracle—on ourselves, like we have something to do with it. We don’t.
This is about God and his kingdom. His kingdom crashing into our lives, our world, and him having his way. When Jesus was here, he proclaimed, “God’s kingdom is at hand!” and it was. Jesus cast out demons and he healed hundreds of people—even raised some from the dead. That is God’s kingdom crashing into our world and him having his way. We see bits and pieces of God’s kingdom every time Jesus performed a miracle, a healing. But at the same time, God’s kingdom isn’t completely here 100% all the time today. That will happen when Jesus returns. So we have this tension, which I call “the-already-and-the-not-yet.” God’s kingdom already here, but not yet 100% of the time.
Picture a picket fence. Sometimes you try to stick your hand through to the other side, and you can, because there’s space, there’s air; other times, at a different part of the fence, you try to stick your hand through, and you cannot. You’ve hit fence. That’s how it is with God’s kingdom. Sometime it comes crashing through and his will is accomplished on earth just like it is in heaven. Other times, we pray and pray, but the miracle doesn’t take place. God’s kingdom doesn’t break through.
And the thing is, God’s the one who gets to decide. Our job is to worship him [I]no matter what he decides[/I]. He's God and we're not.
Here are some examples of living in this tension of the-already-and-the-not-yet in the life of Paul. It's not in regards to a physical healing, but you can still feel the tension of what I'm talking about. It's the same exact tension we live in today.
[U]1st Corinthians 6:8-10:[/U]
[I]We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are well known, but we are treated as unknown. We live close to death, but here we are, still alive. We have been beaten within an inch of our lives. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.[/I]
[I]I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I want to, but I can't. When I want to do good, I don't. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. But if I am doing what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it. It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.[/I]
See what I mean? It's normal to have struggles, we’re broken; we need Jesus. If we weren't broken, we certainly wouldn't need him. And we should always always always ask for his kingdom to come, for his will to be done right here on earth just like it is in heaven. He’s the only way we can make it in this crazy mixed-up world.
Sorry my posts get so long. Sometimes I get to typing, and I can't stop. :chatterbox:Thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day!