Whenever someone asks me how my husband is doing I say: "He has good days and he has bad days." It's my standard pat answer where I'm trying to be honest without being negative -- trying not to reveal too much and scare the asker off.
I see the look of disappointment as the asker scrambles for something to say next. I know they were expecting me to say "He is 100% well!" and then they can reply "I knew he would be -- I've been praying for him."
I feel like somehow I have let them down. I feel like I should be apologetic for my husband not being healed. I ought to pat them on the back and reassure them that their prayers do matter and that their faith is valid.
But, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are examples of FAITH in the midst of FIRE.
Daniel 3 quotes Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as saying:
16 “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
I'd heard the story all my life, but hadn't noticed "But even if He does not" until I became an adult.
If Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew without a doubt that God would save them, it wouldn't be amazing for them to step into the fire. It's because their faith was strong whether or not God saved them that the Bible tells us of their testimony.
And so, I do my best to go through life having faith in God whether or not He heals my husband in this present world; whether or not He minimizes my family's stresses; whether or not He restores my family's peace...
I know God hears my prayers. But even if He does not deliver us from our current circumstances, I will not lose faith.~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~