Avoiding a Theology of Failure and Unbelief
Lots of individuals are being healed and experiencing the wonder of the Kingdom. Yet, in the midst of this, people are distracted by what they imagine God isn’t doing.
I knew a man who encountered pain reduction after receiving prayer. He got help but was fixated on the remaining burden. Although 80% of his affliction was gone, he zeroed in on the soreness. He was more swayed by what didn’t happen than by what did.
If what took place at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15) transpired today, people would be more interested in the sick than the mended. A journalist would probably interview the remaining cripples and mockingly critique Jesus’ operations.
I honestly don’t know why a Christian would concentrate on God’s inactions? Do we recognize the broader domain of the Spirit? Perhaps there’s more going on than meets the eye? Churchgoers must be extremely cautious about these matters.
What people highlight can produce a skewed narrative. For example, it would be tragic to allow the hometown hindrances of Jesus to be a reason to minimize healing. Scripture asserts, “He could not do any miracles there” because of “their lack of faith” (Mark 6:5-6). Although facing hardships, Jesus didn’t let up on his intercession.
Unbelief hinders us. We should be promoting breakthrough, not breakdown. The Prophet Habakkuk reiterated, “I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by” (Habakkuk 3:2). The testimonies of old position believers for a magnificent future.
I will not be sidetracked by the apparent absence of healing. When it seems like nothing’s happening, something often is. I know that it’s easy to miss what’s occurring beneath the surface. Over the years, dozens of people have been healed—outside my field of vision. I won’t be intimidated by obstructions. I’ll follow the anointing wherever it goes. Yesterday’s challenges can become the seeds for tomorrow triumphs.
The goodness and glory of God must remain in our purview. His inexplicable beauty is at the center of creation. Signs and wonders point humanity to Jesus. We cannot lose sight of what’s indispensable.