Does God's healing ever come too late?
The answer is no. God's healing comes in his perfect timing, according to His will, and in a way that is meant to bring glory to His name.
I invite you to read John 10 along with this short devotion.
Lazarus raised from the dead.
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When we think about timing, our version of timing and God‘s version of timing are not quite the same. God is infinite and the present, therefore his timing will not match ours. While we can only see the present and the past, He is in the present, the past, and the future. He has already seen the outcome of every situation and is aware of the intimate details of our lives. This includes every illness and the subsiquent healing that may or may not accompany it.
If you are one who struggles with illness or takes care of someone who struggles with an illness, you may find yourself wondering if God is paying attention when you pray for relief and healing. As the time flies by, minutes turned into hours, into weeks and into years. It’s common to struggle with the wonder of whether God is ever going to heal your situation, and when or if the healing comes, you may even wonder if it came too late.
Missed opportunities, missed occasions, lost love ones, everything about life that passed you by while you were dealing with physical ailment can seem so important at the time. Take care not to worry about what we've missed in this life. God knows what He is doing. Even when we may feel tortured by your circumstances and ignored or forgotten, He is watching over us and we can find comfort in knowing that He has plan. You may struggle from day today or from hour to hour to keep this outlook. Know that you are not alone. Know that you are loved. Know that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle and with every trial He allows in your life, He will give you the strength to handle it.
When Jesus was told that Lazarus was sick, He knew that he was going to die. He specifically waited two days to set out on a journey to meet him. Now the point in this portion of scripture is to show that Christ was fully God and fully able to resurrect Lazarus even from death, he says in verse four that “this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the son of God may be glorified through it.“
In the life of a believer, sometimes we must suffer illness and torment in order for God’s glory to be shown in our lives. Sometimes this is called testimony, and sometimes this is called refinement. Whatever god‘s plan for our lives may be, we need to remain in His word and focused on His plan for us. It's in the moments when we start to want things to go our own way that we forget that God has a perfect plan for us. It’s in the times when we selfishly desire our own timing that God reminds us He already has the way prepared. If you are in a state of “wait“ today, have courage, have faith, and know that God has already worked in your life. It may be that He is preparing you, it may be that He’s preparing others around you.
If healing should never come, we can still have hope knowing that we have eternal life in Christ Jesus. When we enter the gates of heaven, there will be no pain, there will be no sickness, there will be no suffering. I hope you have a blessed and comforted day little sparrows.
#hope #peace #patience #healing