When Healing Is Delayed, Choose to Persevere
- Thursday, April 27, 2006
Healing is God’s choice, and so is the timing of that choice and the method in which healing takes place. When we’re struggling with something or have some major defect or disease, we want God to choose “now” as the timing and “instant and easy” as the method. We want this not only to relieve whatever it is that’s hurting us, but also as proof that we’re special in the eyes of God. We want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He loves us, cares for us, and is intimately involved in our lives.
Yet for many with physical deformities, birth defects, and serious diseases healing isn’t going to be instant. Most likely healing will have to wait until heaven. If you’re in one of these situations, hope in God and pray for physical healing. God is in the business of miracles, but they’re far from an everyday occurrence. I don’t know why God chooses a miraculous healing for some and not for others, but He does. So as you pray for a miracle, be realistic about your expectations or you’ll be disappointed with all of your life rather than finding areas where you can be grateful.
You may also find yourself in a quagmire of consequences that you helped create, and you have no idea how to find freedom from them. You may be discovering that there’s no quick fix and no easy solution, and there likely won’t be. Depending on the nature of the circumstance, there may be no solution. Be realistic about what you expect to happen. Unrealistic expectations cause added frustrations that’ll tempt you to give up. Don’t give up. God is with you, and in His wisdom, He knows the quick fix and easy solution won’t grow your character. Character is never instant and God often uses our circumstances to build it within us. Continue to persevere—no matter how tough a bind you’re in. Don’t ever give up.
A Matter Of Trust
As you look at your life, it may not make a lot of sense. You have some ideas about how it could work so much better, but God doesn’t seem to be viewing your plans or wanting to implement them. When things seem so clear to you, it’s hard to sit back and allow God to work in your life, but that’s exactly what He wants you to do. Your way of doing things isn’t His way. What looks perfectly right and normal to you is anything but that to Him.
What is at issue here is trust. Will you trust God? Will you trust Him enough to hang on one more day? Will you trust Him enough to make your circumstances an example of how He can make the best of the worst situations? Will you trust Him enough to make the healing choice to persevere? Will you trust Him enough to live for Him even when healing is delayed? Will you trust Him enough to promote the healing of others while you make choices for your own healing? Before you can heal, you have to address this issue of trust.
The Big Lie
The big lie you may have told yourself is that there’s no hope for you. This lie tells you that you’ve done everything possible, and now it’s time to just throw in the towel and give up.
But if you were to back away and look at your situation from a different perspective, you might see things differently. What you’ve attempted to do may have produced little or no results and left you in this hopeless state, but what you’ve done may have been the opposite of what you need to do.
Don’t destroy your life over a big lie. You feel hopeless because you’ve been using your own power, not because there’s no hope. You feel hopeless because you’ve been headed in the wrong direction, not because there’s no hope. You feel hopeless because you’ve cut yourself off from others who could help, not because there’s no hope. You feel hopeless because you’ve tried to deliver yourself in your own strength, not because there’s no hope. There is hope for you, if you’ll just persevere long enough to find it.
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