Things I Think…
1. I just got in from the chiropractor…yesterday was acupuncture.
Tomorrow is both, back to back.
Like the woman with an issue of blood, I’m spending all I have to try to get well. The hem of Jesus’s garment is not just beyond reach, but beyond sight.
I tell you all this to open a discussion with far reaching implications…the Bible speaks of God as a healer and gives the church instructions on how to receive that healing in more than one place.
We pray for healing…we follow the instructions given, but if we’re honest, we don’t see much healing happening.
How do we respond to the tension between the promises of God and the reality we live in?
2. Some who hold to inerrancy as a primary doctrine have no option but to defend the promises by blaming those who suffer. They must be rolling in unconfessed sin or a dreadful lack of faith. “Let God be true and every man a liar” is more crucial than engaging with the suffering and why some do not receive the blessings promised…the price of certainty is cruel, indeed.
3. Others fall back on the sovereignty of God… and that is, in part, a valid argument. God is sovereign, but experience says that He exercises His sovereignty more than His mercy…and this too becomes a point of tension. A natural reading of the text would presume the opposite…
4. If the promises of God in regard to healing are not always true and not always sure, how does that affect the way we read the rest of Scripture and interpret it?
5. For now, I’ve solved the issue by understanding that the Bible is a narrative of how God has acted in the past and how He will rescue His people on that Day. It defies wooden, literal interpretation. I still anoint the suffering with oil and pray for healing…mostly as a way of telling God that this person is someone I love and He loves more…and I hope He responds in mercy. It is not completely satisfactory, but it is as close as I can get while maintaining faith.
6. The overarching element of my faith is knowing that God Himself entered into our suffering, including the inevitability of death. He has conquered death and the grave and because He did, I will too…this I confess and believe.
7. No one is disgusted by charismatic excess and error than I am…but as much as the Bible speaks of demonic forces, you would think we would talk more about them too…
8. The Bible says we don’t war against flesh and blood, but the cable news does…where are we getting our guidance?
9. I’ve had an aching loneliness since Smokey died…I was told that was so I’d draw closer to God. Adam walked in the garden with God every day and still had an aching loneliness…Liam will be here as soon as I can prepare the place for him…thank God…