While listening to “The Heart of The Author” podcast by Vickie Petz Henderson and Jasa Babb, I heard something that seemed weird but was also strengthening in the strangest of ways.
“What if it takes more faith not to be healed? What if that leads more people into His kingdom and that brings Him more glory? Then is it not worth it?”
Vickie Petz Henderson
Vickie said she felt her illness (myasthenia gravis) was the will of God for her at that time, and rather than pray for healing, she prayed that the illness would not be unto death but bring glory to God. She said it was the thorn in her flesh, just like Paul’s.
“…. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, ….to torment me so I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for (my) power is perfected in weakness. Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So, I take pleasure in weaknesses …because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (HCSB)
This got me thinking, “how many of us can choose to look at our challenges this way? Can we also, rather than being desperate for healing and/or deliverance, become desperate for God’s will to be done through whatever it is we are facing?
Personally, I believe that it takes a different kind of faith to say to God – use this illness or challenge or situation to bring glory to your name. We usually want comfort, but God wants maturity! He allows some things to happen to us so we reach maturity.
Vickie went on to say that a friend of hers in China said to her, “I had never believed in God but after hearing the happiness in your voice, knowing all that had happened to you, I am starting to believe.” This shows that everything we go through might be for someone else’s salvation.
Food for thought: Whenever you are faced with a struggle/challenge, take a moment to think about how you could use this to help others!
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