People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. (Matthew 14:35, 36)
What do you think, does God heal people today? When it comes to miracles, people’s views run the gamut. Some believe “signs and wonders” served a special purpose for a specific time—to validate Jesus as the long-promised Messiah—and are now a magnificent memory of a long-ago age. Others demand Divine deliverance from the seemingly smallest of sniffles. Still others pshaw any notion outside of the natural. Then we all settle into our comfy positions until . . .
Reality strikes suddenly sometimes, doesn’t it? While we view life academically at times, real life is fragile and raw. And when our health falters, we run to God—vulnerable and pleading, praying for His sovereignty to overcome our circumstance. Many who have long-denied God suddenly cry out to Him for help, and those who relegated miracles to a bygone era desperately seek one now!
Personally, I have seen both sides of healing. As a young boy, I prayed for my father to survive a heart attack, only to lose him that sad Summer morning. Yet 20-plus years later, I listened amazed as my brother shared a miracle in his own life, a truly remarkable story from a highly credible man. [Click here to read Eric’s story.] In one case, God healed; in the other, He did not.
Reflecting back, I now realize God was in control in both instances; nothing happened outside of His power and love. For the Bible tells us there awaits everyone—even those who experience a miracle on this side of eternity—a certain but unknowable day when we breathe our last. This is the natural order of things.
But ours is a supernatural God, and as Christ has been raised to life, so, too, will those in whom He lives by faith. For there awaits us a new heavenly body, “so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (2 Corinthians 5:4). Yes, even when it looks as though sickness and death have had the final say, God has one more everlasting miracle for us—His life will overcome our death. Count on it.
God, grace me to trust your goodness more than my understanding, to rejoice in your faithfulness despite my faithlessness, and to rest in your sovereignty over my circumstances. Keep me safe in Christ, forever. Amen.