Recently, I sat with a person who I can say that God is obviously moving on in the area of taking more of a hold of life and ministry. It is such a wonderful thing to have been on the good side of the ledger of her life. Meanwhile, she is visiting this area of the country because one of her loved ones is definitely in very difficult circumstances. Sometimes life is beautiful. Sometimes life is painful. Many times, life is both.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve often witnessed in my own life how God heals me of something, but I still have painful struggles. I think about receiving healing from my addictions but still suffer from feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing. I have asked the Lord, “Why don’t you heal me, Lord, completely – once and for all?
A great Scripture of this is Jesus who initiates an invitation for healing in John 5:6-9, which reads as follows:
Jesus, upon seeing this man lying there and knowing that he had already been in that condition for a long time, said to him, “Do you want to get well? The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.
We are surprised by Jesus’ words later to the man later outside the temple when Jesus warns him, “Behold you have become well; do not sin anymore so that nothing worse happens to you.” Clearly, the man’s body was healed, but his character was far from healed.
We don’t know why. But Jesus knew what the man – and the disciples who viewed the healing and the crucial conversation – needed at that moment. In fact, Jesus knows what we need today to draw closer in our relationship with Him.
In Our Daily Bread, Alyson Kieda surmises, “Though we don’t always understand, we can trust that God is working in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. And He will give us the strength, courage, and clarity we need to persevere in following Him.
I am excited to be attending the Vineyard National Conference next week with both my dad and Phil Weingart. I would covet your prayers. Dad will be sharing a message with us directly after we get back in 2 weekends. I’m also excited to be with many of you this coming Sunday when Joe Giamo will lead our corporate worship time, and I will continue with Hope in Times of Fear.
See you along the road,