MY GOD IS ABLE, BUT IF HE CHOOSES NOT TO DO THIS, I STILL TRUST HIM-- One of the greatest expressions of faith, is to trust, God even when things don't go the way we hoped. This is the same time of faith exemplified by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, when facing the possibility of being cast into the fiery furnace. True faith and trust has two components, #1. GOD IS ABLE, #2. BUT IF NOT, I still trust.
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Dan 3:16-18
Larry Keefauver tells us, "Some of the deepest feelings of people about the human predicament may find expression in mythical form. These myths do have some basis in fact, are rooted in deep emotions, and find some support in Scripture. But a myth only seems true for some times, for some people, and in some situations. Truth is that which is true for all time, for all people, and in all situations. Some may be healed in time, while others are healed in eternity.
Both walk by faith. Their courage, faith, hope, and spiritual depth will help us in our journey of faith to know the God who heals! Between now and eternity, time will pass. How we spend that precious commodity will result in either treasure or trash. That time will be either redeemed or wasted. The choice is ours. Until our healing is manifested either in time or eternity, we will either walk by faith or merely talk faith.
Walking by faith is really living, whether for a moment longer or for years. When God doesn't heal now, we may be tempted to diminish our trust and increase our trying. Our trying will not get us healed. We cannot make a miracle happen. However, we can expect God to meet us at our point of need and walk with us every moment of life. Christ remains at our side to lift us up and see us through.
That God must always heal now, because we believe, obey, or confess the Word is myth. Will we still love God, if we aren't healed now? Are we at peace with God's sovereignty? Does His plan, and will reign supreme in our life? Nothing really matters, but totally trusting God and walking by faith. Without being healed eternally, being healed in time is meaningless. Faith is the ultimate issue. The real spiritual battlefield on which we war against disease is not healing, but faith.
The paramount struggle in which we find ourselves will never be the temporal battle between health and disease, but rather a spiritual war that will rage between faith and fear--trust and doubt. Is it possible to walk by faith through pain, suffering, and even death? Can one believe in the God who heals even if healing isn't manifested now? Are we trusting for our healing or trusting the healer?
The most important thing in life is Jesus, because He alone is life. The only time death and disease will defeat us is when our myths about healing replace the truth about the God who heals. Where do we turn for rock-solid truth that will see us through even the valley of the shadow of death?
What are some of the myths we banter about when talk and cheap and life seems endless? Here are a few: If a person has enough faith, they will be healed. While a lack of faith may hinder healing, healing does not always take place even when we have faith. Claim Him as your healer, whether we see your healing manifested now or in eternity."