Today’s devotional is written by Tonya. I have ‘met’ Tonya several month’s back. I was amazed how she is witnessing and giving comfort to others who also have lost a child. If you have never visited Tonya at her blog “Safe in HIS Arms“, I would like to invite you to stop by after you read her thoughts on Believing God…
A few years ago I participated in a Bible study called “Believing God” by Beth Moore. It wasn’t long after that we learned that our then 8 year old son had cancer. We were told that the odds of his survival were 1/3 – 1/4. (It quickly sunk in… “That’s ONLY about 25 out of 100 children”) I would soon find out what it means to “believe GOD.”
At first we prayed, asking GOD’S will for our son’s healing. Eight months later he was classified as “No Evidence of Disease.” We were BEYOND THRILLED! Yes, we PRAISED GOD for the way HE delivered us!
Then, just two days after Christmas Brent went in for his 6 month scans. We were horrified to learn that the cancer had returned. We were then told that there was no hope for Brent to be cured. (I thought to myself, “That’s what THEY think.. they don’t know our GOD!”)
We soon had well meaning people telling us that if we “believed enough and didn’t doubt” that Brent would be healed. So, “believe,” we did! We even had our sweet little man confessing his healing. He laid there the last days of his life “believing” that GOD was going to heal him.
Well, God DID heal Brent. He gave him an Ephesians 3:20 healing… He healed Brent with a healing that was IMMEASURABLY MORE than ANYTHING we could have asked for or imagined. God gave him a Heavenly healing. Our sweet son went HOME to be with his JESUS on January 2, 2007.
Now, what did we believe about GOD?
To be honest, I didn’t know what to think. I was angry, we’d stood on God’s Word, after all. It took some time, but we came to realize that our son’s death brought GOD MORE glory than being healed ever could. Our mistake, the thing that shook our faith more than anything, was putting our son’s healing on ourselves rather than on JESUS.
There is a disclaimer to the “name it and claim it” kind of faith. It’s found in 1 John 5:14 – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, HE hears us.
Wait, what was that???
According to HIS will.
See, what we’ve come to believe about GOD is that HE created us in HIS image to worship HIM and to bring HIM glory. We know that as our Father, HE longs to have HIS children with HIM. God NEVER promises that “good things” will happen “if you just believe.” Yes, HE DOES bless HIS children, but to teach that HE NEVER allows us to be sick or die is not biblical. (God allowed His own Son die even when HE HIMSELF prayed if there was ANY other way – HE wanted to be delivered)
The Bible actually tells us that we should expect trials. (2 Thessalonians 1:3-5, James 1:2-5, 1 Peter 1:5-7),
1 Peter 4:12-13
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when HIS glory is revealed.
So, what do I now believe about GOD?
I BELIEVE that HE is ALL KNOWING. I BELIEVE that HIS ways and HIS thoughts are higher than ours. I BELIEVE that no matter how our trials turn out, HE loves us! GOD wants us to RUN to HIM. He wants us to come to KNOW HIM as our COMFORTER, our Shelter, our Deliverer, our JOY and our PEACE.
It is my prayer that no matter what trials you may face in this life, you will BELIEVE that GOD is GOOD no matter how badly you hurt. HE is worthy of our PRAISE, ALWAYS.
Copyright: Tonya Nason
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