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IN THE MIDST OF THE PROBLEM
by paul hoffmaster
09/15/12
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IN THE MIDST OF THE PROBLEM

Where does the believer look to witness the glory of God? Affirmative praise resounds from the mouths of Christians as they witness the miracles of God. Everything from physical, mental, and spiritual deliverance is promoted into verbal expressions of adoration toward the living God. Supernatural manifestation of miracles pertaining to lifeís possessions is witnessed by a multitude of Christians. With a unity of vocal expression, the believers lift up their voices and hands in acknowledgement of Godís power. As true as these statements are, there is an area of missed opportunity. Very seldom does one see the potential of experiencing the glory of God manifested in sickness. The believer looks for deliverance from their infirmities, but fails to see Godís working within their affliction. In other words, those suffering from physical anguish have not been taught to look within their trials to see the working of God. Many Christians have realized the importance of being far sighted when it comes to seeing beyond the problem and seeing the answer, but they have failed to be near sighted when it comes to seeing God working within their problem.
When a Christian stands in the midst of a challenge, with no assurance of self deliverance, there is the opportunity to see the Deliverer waiting to respond in their need. When the disciples were in the midst of the storm on the Sea of Galilee, they saw Jesus walking on the water. After Peterís brief escapade of limited faith of also walking on the water, Jesus joined them in the boat and the sea calmed. (Mt. 14:22-33) Many illnesses and infirmities are opportunities to experience the closeness of the Lord. It is a time to witness the assurance that God has everything under control. There can develop a peace that passes all understanding. When our children are sick, we comfort and reassure them with our presence. Sometimes our hand upon them is just as effective as the medicine. Every believer desires healing, but until and if that becomes a reality, the Christian must realize that Jesus is with them, and will reveal His love and compassion in a way that will help to bring their mind into harmony with their spirit.
What about the healing that never comes? Does that change the outreach of our unchangeable God? David shared that even though he would walk through the valley of the shadow of death he knew God would be there. (Ps.23:4) Some Christians deny the possibility that sickness can take the life of a believer who is full of faith. In fact, they believe there can be no accidental or purposed death to a true believer. The only way death becomes a reality is through natural causes. To promote these misconceptions is to do a great disservice, not only to the saints that are experiencing great trials, but to those who are promoting their biased opinions. Some of the greatest teachings of faith have come through believers who have learned to prevail through Christ which strengthened them. When a believer is in the midst of physical problem, let him look around at his situation and see what God is doing and then be part of His outreach to others. (II Cor. 1:4) When a believer is looking at the afflicted, let him learn some of the wonderful truths that God is revealing through the stricken. Let us never fail to realize that God works through others, even the afflicted, to reveal His truths to a truth seeking generation.


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