“You Just Don’t have Enough Faith!”
This is a big lie circulating today in many Christian circles. Some will even say, “just get well, you would, if you just had more faith.” This is destructive to say to a suffering or hurting person. Why, because it is not scriptural. If we look at Jesus’s life, we can see first hand that the Father did not spare even his own son hardship.
I believe it was the prophet Isaiah that described Jesus as “A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”
Hebrews 4:15 tells us this “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”
In essence the very God who created us all clothed himself in human weakness and suffering during the days of his life. Fully God and fully man, and he said to his disciples shortly before he was betrayed in John 16, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God never promise an easy, pain free, nor illness or heartache free life. When Peter tried to stop Jesus from his mission going the cross, Jesus replied sharply, ” But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Mark 8:33, he then says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Dear friends, a cross can represent many things, it could mean a wheelchair for some, an unpleasant job or living situation for others, finacial struggles, loss of a loved one, cancer, or being lonely. It could mean singleness, infertility, persecution from coworkers and friends, or anything that is painfully difficult. Don’t view your struggles as a sign of a lack of faith but rather a stamp of real faith, for it says, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,” Philippians 1:29
Can God heal? Does God still heal? Yes! Will he always heal physically? No. It is not always his will to remove a hardship, especially when it can have great potential to develop the three C’s (Christ, Character, and Compassion.) God is so much more interested in healing the lame soul over the lame legs. A lame soul is bitter and useless to the potter, but God can use even the most physically handicap people to advance his kingdom if they let him. Doesn’t matter, physical limitations are nothing in comparison to mindset limitations. God is the enabler and he can use a broken body but he will not use a unwilling soul.