You have been praying to be rid of that condition for a long time. Ever since you can remember. It has held you back, curbed your potential, and made you feel less than adequate.
You have been asking God to bring that person back. It has been years, and things don’t look like they’ll ever change, but you don’t want to give up. Not just yet.
You have seen others having their children and you have started yearning for some of your own. Eager anticipation has mellowed to optimism and given way to despair as the years pass without your crib being filled.
You have been feeling the signs: slower reflexes, stiffer joints, fading memory. You recall the news reports you read, and the remarks from your friends: welcome to old age.
You have stood in the crowd with arms raised as the pastor prays for healing over everyone. You have seen others get healed there and then, you have heard the testimonies of those who received their miracle, you have read the praise reports of those whose lives were turned around with one touch of grace. And you wonder to yourself, I have that need too. Why hasn’t it happened for me?
And one day, at the back of your mind, this thought rises up:
Maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe God wants me to live with this. Maybe there’s something I haven’t done. Maybe we’re not meant to be parents. Maybe it’s not the right time yet. Maybe this is just what happens to people when we grow old.
No, my friend. Don’t let those ‘Maybes’ take root. Ditch your ‘Maybes’.
Because allowing the ‘maybes’ to stay will rob you of possessing what God has promised belongs to you. It means accepting that things will remain so, resigning to your fate so to speak, “whatever God has made them out to be”.
God can work with doubt. I’ve seen that in my own life. But God can’t work with resignation and placid acceptance.
For if you have already shut the door to the possibility of something better in your future, how can He then show you the blessings that He has lined up for you?
God isn’t a God of ‘Maybes’. He is a God of ‘Surelys’. All of Jesus’s promises came with a ‘Surely’, ‘Assuredly’, or ‘Verily’.
Want to see God’s heart for you? Jesus said “whoever has seen Me has seen the Father”. Throughout Jesus’s ministry, everyone who was sick and came to Jesus left healed. When He came on the scene, the blind saw, the deaf heard, the lame leapt, the sick were made well, the dead were resurrected, those with demons were delivered, and those bound by fear and oppression were set free.
Jesus never gave anyone sickness or allowed anyone to get or stay sick so they could rest. And He won’t do that today. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. God’s rest doesn’t come accompanied with sickness. It’s just plain rest, inside and out. Let’s not give discredit and dishonour where it’s not due.
The Bible promises:
“Surely He (Jesus) has borne our griefs (pains) and carried our sorrows (sicknesses)” (Isaiah 53:4);
“Surely blessing I will bless you, multiplying I will multiply you” (Hebrews 6:14);
“Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you” (John 16:23).
God’s promises made upon the risen and glorified Jesus are simple, direct, assured, uncluttered by conditions and unfettered by factors. Yes, it can be hard, and your faith may waver, when you’ve knelt praying, stood believing, for an answer that never seems to come. But just don’t settle and don’t allow the poison of ‘Maybe’ to creep in. Know, for sure, that He wants to. And He will.
And maybe you’re just not sure about any of this Jesus-God stuff. Maybe you feel comfortable where you are, not knowing for sure whether there is just one God, and if there is who is he/she/it, or if there are many gods and ultimately they are all the same and lead to the same place. Maybe you think, well I’ll just live my good and simple life, don’t think too much about what’s to come, and we’ll see who’s right at the end, when it’s all ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
But why not trade it for a ‘Surely’? Things are a lot less complicated on the Jesus side.
When Jesus hung on the cross, one thief who hung beside Him called Him Lord and asked to come under His protection. And Jesus replied, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
The blessings of Jesus are always assured.
Because when you encounter Jesus, you encounter grace.