This morning was a rough one emotionally. Bobby's hair was falling out so much that it was like having a shedding cat around. We finally buzzed his hair all the way down. He was very upset about this and cried a lot.
Despite this, God still shows His grace every minute. He continues to support us in His mighty, loving hands.
So, my question today is, "Does God want my child to be healed?"
Healing is obviously a very real issue for us right now. We pray daily, as I know many of you do also, that God will heal Bobby. We know that if that is His will, then it will be done. No questions there.
But can we know for certain that God wants Bobby to be healed? Since this saga began in India, we have had a few different Christian people tell us that either 1) they know Bobby will be healed, or 2) they know that it is God’s will for Bobby to be healed. For these folks, this went beyond just trying to be kind. They seemed absolutely convinced that God will heal Bobby.
I was wondering if there was any scriptural basis for people knowing that Bobby would be healed. One verse quoted to me was a familiar one.
So what is the answer to this question? Several things are keys to keep in mind. First, we all know that Jesus heals. We see this in all the gospels. He seemed to do this to be merciful, to gain an audience for His teachings, and to give evidence that He is the Messiah. Second, we can pray for healing. In Phil. 4:6 we are told, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” This seems to include physical illnesses.
A key passage in all of this is II Cor. 12:7-10. Remember, Paul was given a “thorn in the flesh.” He asked for it to be taken away three times. Now, if we can know that God will heal, then why didn’t He heal in this case? As you well know, God instead poured out His grace upon Paul, saying, “My grace is sufficient.” Paul, interestingly, does not seem convinced that God will heal Him in this case. He undoubtedly knows that God can heal. Paul does not complain; rather, he is content to endure his suffering because that was the will of God.
So in the end, what is the answer? Does God want my Bobby to be healed? I have great faith that God can heal Bobby if He chooses to do so. I believe that God answers prayer. However, I also believe that scripture never tells us that we can know for certain that God wants us to be physically healed. It is simply not there.
What to do then? Trust in Him and bask in His amazing grace.