Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving! We had a lot of fun here at the Callahan home! It has been such a nice break this week and we still have today and this weekend. I love having my wife and kids home and it’s just awesome being able to spend time together! I have been up since 4:30 a.m. fighting physical issues and pain again. I didn’t get angry this time, but instead kept repeating, “Praise God” and “Please help me Lord” as He led me through the pain. I grabbed my Bible, opened it at random, and my eyes landed directly on Luke 17:19. After reading that verse, I immediately thought of the Apostle Paul who had incredible faith in God, but his thorn was not removed.
“Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Jesus speaking to the leper in Luke 17:19
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Why are some miraculously healed and other’s are not? Was it that the leper’s faith was greater than the Apostle Paul’s faith? Did Paul not have enough faith? No, that is not the case. It is all a matter of God’s will!
God is not a genie ready to grant your wishes. We can pray in faith and tell the mountain to move…if it is in God’s will. However, if it is God’s will that the thorn remains, then the thorn will remain. God had a purpose and a will for the leper and He had a purpose and a will for Paul. He has a purpose and a will for me and you too.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
1 John 5:14
“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus praying in Matthew 26:39 the night before He was crucified
Even Jesus prayed in accordance with the Father’s will. Obviously it is not God’s will to remove my thorn of suffering at this time. Perhaps I will live with this for the rest of my life as Paul did. What is my response to be in light of this truth? Anger? Throw a fit that I was not healed like the leper? Yell at God asking Him why my faith hasn’t healed me? Indeed, I unfortunately have reacted in that way far too often. Pain can cause us a great deal of stress. We don’t act the same when we are in pain. We don’t think the same. It can trigger the fight or flight response and drive us nuts. Most of us don’t like pain, but sometimes it is God’s will for us to suffer, and our response should be one of faith.
Your faith has healed you. How I long to hear Jesus say that to me, but His grace is sufficient! Paul had great faith and he witnessed miraculous events just as I have, yet he was not healed when he cried out in faith. What God did give him though was the strength to endure by the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul never gave up! He endured the pain of his ailment through persecution, torture, and imprisonment and he remained faithful to preaching the Gospel all the way to the very end when the Romans killed him.
Beware of false preachers who lie to you and tell you it is your fault you are sick or you don’t have enough faith and that is why you are sick. News flash, Christians get sick and we get old and die just like everybody else! We still live in this sinful fallen world that is full of disease and death. The difference is we rely on God through our times of trouble and we are heirs to eternal life through our faith in Jesus. The false healer preachers are a lot like the phony prosperity preachers (I call those guys money preachers), and they are the same ones who usually want to slap you in the forehead screaming “You’re healed!” I suggest staying away from such charlatans. A real man of God will pray in faith in submission to God’s will and faithfully accept whatever answer God gives him. As Jesus said, “not as I will, but as you will.” May God’s will be done!
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
Paul had plenty of faith and so do I. We must submit to God’s will no matter what. Whether the thorn is removed or not. We must keep following the Lord and pray for strength to endure and be faithful! Jesus is Lord and He is faithful whether His answer is yes or no. May the work of God be displayed in our lives!
One thing I do know is that my faith in Jesus has healed my soul and that is the healing we all need by faith! No matter what happens to my body, I will be with Jesus and He is enough for me! His grace is sufficient!
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Nothing is impossible for God and He can heal me at anytime. That is the faith I have. He can send angels, and I know this. He can rebuke demons, and I know this. He can raise people back to life after they stop breathing and die, and I know that too! He is the God of wonders and miracles and He can do all things! Nothing is too hard for the Lord!
Just remember to say, “Your will be done Lord.” It’s about His will, not ours. There is a purpose in the pain and God is using it. May His will be done, whether I am healed or not. My faith has already healed me and I am at peace in His glorious love and forgiveness!
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Grace and peace to you all!