Today is December 20, 2012, and I’ve officially seen one too many pictures, heard one too many stories, read one too many articles about children who have died before they had a chance to live. I’ve had enough.
Enough needless casualties of war.
Enough mutilated children caught in crossfire.
Enough unchecked wickedness.
Enough misery masquerading as “God’s will.”
Enough lies that God doesn’t care.
‘Who sinned that this man was born blind?’ ‘Neither, but that the work of God might be manifested in his life.” God is glorified in healing and in miracles, not in the suffering of children. Not in the hopelessness of broken marriages. Not in the grief of death before its time. Enough.
Is your faith ready for this? Do you have the determination of Bartimaeus welling in you as a shout that bursts forth the more “they” try to silence you? Can you cling to the One who was beaten beyond recognition specifically for the healing of our bodies–not just for your own healing but with the determination that He loves to heal?
We give up on people too easily.
No, hear me. We give up too easily. We are fickle with our love, with our prayers, with our compassion. We look for loopholes not to pray, not to trust, not to hang on with both hands. Both hands? We should be holding on with both feet and teeth too! Where is the faith that snatches the unbeliever from the fire? Where is the dogmatic faith that stares down doctors and defies them to harvest the organs of the vegetative child God promised would live? Where is the faith that restores relationships? That raises the dead? Do we have the courage to lay hands on the sick in grocery stores and expect miracles?
God have mercy on our apathy, our quickness to believe that chronic pain (both emotionally and physically) is God’s will.
These signs WILL FOLLOW those who believe…