Avoiding a Theology of Failure and Unbelief
Lots of individuals are being healed and experiencing the wonder of God’s Kingdom. Yet, in the midst of this, some believers are preoccupied by what they imagine God isn’t doing.
I met a man who encountered pain reduction after receiving prayer. He acknowledged that he had some improvement but was fixated on the continuing burden. Although 80% of the affliction was gone, he zeroed in on the soreness. He was more swayed by what didn’t happen than what did.
If what took place at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15) transpired today, people would be more concerned with the sick than the mended. A journalist would interview the remaining cripples and critique Jesus’ activities.
I don’t know why a Christian would concentrate on God’s supposed “inactions”? Do we always recognize the wider domain of the Spirit? Perhaps there’s more going on than meets the eye? Churchgoers must be cautious about these matters.
What people highlight can produce a skewed narrative. For example, it would be tragic to allow the hometown hindrances of Jesus to be a reason to minimize healing. Scripture asserts, “He could not do any miracles there” because of “their lack of faith” (Mark 6:5-6). Although facing hardships, Jesus didn’t let up on his intercession.
Unbelief hinders us. We should promote the breakthrough, not the breakdown.
The Prophet Habakkuk reiterated, “I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by” (Habakkuk 3:2). The testimonies of old position believers for a magnificent future.
I have determined that I will not be sidetracked by the apparent absence of healing. Something may very well be occurring, even if it seems like grace is absent.
I know that it’s easy to miss what’s occurring beneath the surface. Over the years, dozens of individuals have been healed—outside my field of vision. So, I refuse to be intimidated by hindrances. I’ll follow the anointing wherever it goes. Yesterday’s failures can become the seeds for tomorrow’s triumphs.
The goodness and glory of God must be paramount. His inexplicable beauty is still the locus of creation. Even in the midst of conflict, we cannot lose sight of what’s fundamental in the gospel.