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This year is a tragic time in the world’s history, with thousands and thousands of people succumbing to a mysterious virus. Scientists are still puzzling over its exact origin, its nature and most importantly, how to eradicate it. Meanwhile, many of us are still hunkering down in our homes, only venturing out, wisely, with masks and even gloves.
All of us have read of and/or experienced other pandemics, and we know on some level that people survive and life goes on. Case in point, the 1918 “Spanish” flu. But we worry about who will get this current virus, and most importantly, who will survive.
Wondering where God is in the midst of all this tragedy is normal. But we can rest assured that God sees, and He is staying His hand until the right time. Meanwhile, we can do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. And praying is certainly something we should be doing.
But what if we pray and we or someone else we are praying for is not healed in this world?
I put the question this way because God always eventually heals, but it might not be in the way we want.
“Aha,” people might say. “We just need to pray even more, to have more faith, to work even harder to try to please God. Or to even try to make bargains. If you... then I...”
But consider someone in the Bible who had great faith, who prayed, who preached and taught God’s word and who even suffered stoning and imprisonment for his actions. I am thinking about the Apostle Paul. Here’s what he had to say about it: “A thorn in the flesh was given to me…I pleaded with the Lord three times…And He said to me, ‘My grace is made sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’” — 2 Corinthians 7-9.
We can’t always understand God’s purposes in allowing Satan to work, but we can rest assured that God will use our situation to serve His ultimate purposes.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.