Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 5, 2016

Thought For The Week April 10, 2016

In our Growth Group on Sunday we were discussing the virgin birth (or more appropriately, the virgin conception) of Jesus. The discussion moved to talking about God’s supernatural power and miracles, which some people reject outright for whatever reason. Along that line the question came up about why everyone who comes to Jesus for healing doesn’t get healed. I mean, since Jesus is all powerful and did many miracles of healing on earth, why doesn’t He heal every Christian who asks for healing?

That is a very difficult question to answer. We know He promised to do whatever we ask in His name and most of us know of someone who has experienced a miraculous healing or have even experienced one ourselves. We know Jesus gave His followers power to heal so why doesn’t everyone get healed?

The latest edition of Vital magazine, a bi-monthly magazine of inspirational points and stories published by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, has an excellent story written by George Paul Wood, the executive editor of the magazine about his own experience of living with a chronic illness. I won’t share that story here because it is too long but I want to share his opening introduction page in the magazine which is as inspiring regarding this thought.

Wood writes, “Joe and Mary Lou Bayly were acquainted with grief. In the first two decades of their marriage, three of their children died. Tragedies like those can destroy the faith of some, but they gave the Baylys a new perspective. In 1969, the year I was born, Joe wrote The View from a Hearse, which contained the following story.

“It was a cold Saturday in January in Illinois. The temperature was below zero and a foot of snow lay on the ground. When the postman delivered the mail – ‘Neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor gloom of night…!’ – Joe ran to the mailbox in shirtsleeves to retrieve it. (I sympathize with his excitement about mail.)

“Standing at the mailbox, he saw a Burpee Seed Catalog. ‘For a few minutes I was oblivious to the cold,’ he wrote, ‘delivered from it. I leafed through the catalog, tasting corn and cucumbers. I saw the freshly plowed earth, smelled it, let it run through my fingers.’ Then he came to his senses and ran back to his warm home.

“Back inside he reflected, ‘I thought how my moments at the mailbox were like our experience as Christians. We feel the cold, along with those who do not share our hope. The biting wind penetrates us as them.’ But – which is surely the most beautiful of conjunctions for Christians – in our cold times we have a seed catalog. We open it and smell the promised spring, eternal spring. And the firstfruit that settles our hope is Jesus Christ who was raised from death and cold earth to eternal glory.’

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fact that settles our hope, drives our faith, and shapes our perspective on life.”

The resurrection gives us hope in the cold times of life. Wood’s story of chronic illness delves deeper into the questions we certainly must face since we live in the same cold world as those who are still far from Christ. His conclusion is the same as Paul’s in II Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. If you would like to read the entire article, send me an email and I will either get you a copy of the magazine or copy the article for you.

What has been your experience with our miraculous Savior. Though He did and does heal us physically, the ultimate and most important healing is the miracle that takes place when we believe that He died for us and rose again and trust Him with our lives. He heals us completely from the inside out! Every believer in Jesus Christ has experienced that healing and when it is all said and done we will spend eternity with Him in a place where there is no more disease, disability, injury, or death. Now that’s healing! It may be cold here but we have the seed of hope! Just a thought.

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