Sunday, 17 June 2012
HEALING versus SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
The Pendulum of Beliefs
The beliefs of Christians today seem to swing to two extremes. On one side, there is a line of thinking that essentially amounts to the following: “God only wants to heal; thus, if you are still sick, it is not God’s will for you. Therefore, God cannot accomplish any good from it. The only good He can accomplish from the illness is to remove it from you. Therefore, all moments in which you remain ill are bad and wrong from God’s perspective. They are useless. Worthless. Nothing good can come from your situation until God heals you.”
This kind of thinking (that isn’t according to the whole counsel of God’s word) has muddied the water of theology. It has led to the idea that resting in God’s sovereignty and faith/expectancy do not mix. But they do! It is not an either/or scenario.
To believe that God in His sovereignty has allowed the circumstance we are in today, does not mean that we quit believing He has plans to change it tomorrow. It simply means resting in Him today. And letting Him be the one to determine when and how He makes good on His promises. That’s all. It doesn’t mean you stop believing in His promises. It just means, to me at least, that He is God and I am not.
The above article “The Pendulum of Beliefs” has been extracted from: http://www.shadesofgrace.org/2010/12/31/overcoming-adversity-101-pt-9-sovereignty-vs-healing/
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Finally, I like this post by well-balanced material by Alpha course:
Brother and sisters, do you think the lives of Nick Vujicic and Joni Eareckson Tada and Helen Keller would have made such great impact if they were healed?
Does healing of the physical body invariably bring the highest possible glory to God?
Why didn't apostle Paul pray for healing in the following two instances?
2 Timothy 4:20: Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus
1 Timothy 5:23: Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
Our mind is like a parachute. It only works if it is open. The views expressed in this article are entirely my own. Let us keep in mind this saying: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Voltaire).