“In sickness or in health,” we vow to be there for our spouse on a day when sickness is the furthest thing from our minds.
What do you do when your spouse doesn’t believe he will get well? This is the problem with being in a relationship with an unbeliever. My prayers can only go so far.
In the Bible there are exceptions. If my child was sick, my faith could make him well, as in Luke 8:49-56, Jesus healed the daughter of Jairus and brought her back to life.
If my servant was sick, I could pray and he would be healed, as in Matthew 8:5-17, The Faith of the Centurion. Soldiers are trained to obey orders. When the Centurion gives an order, it is followed. That was what he was expecting from Jesus. He received that answer from his commander. He recognized the authority of Jesus.
Jesus said, “follow me.” So, I followed. Now when I need Him, where is He?
“I’m right here. I would never leave you nor forsake you,” He answers.
Why does it feel bad?
Because you feel afraid, doubt, worry. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me,” says Jesus in John 14:1.
Let those words sink in. Whatever you are going through, keep going. Slow down if you need to, but don’t stop believing. God is working behind the scenes. Life is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. You don’t have the box, the cover revealing the whole picture. You can only see little bits and pieces.
As I was writing this, I heard a song for the first time by Mercy Me. The lyrics jumped in my ears, “welcome to the life you thought was too good to be true.” Yes, I have been feeling that the life I want is impossible. I have asked, prayed, waited, hoped, and waited some more. I have seen little glimpses that encourage me to keep believing, but I feel very tired. The life I’ve asked for is pretty incredible, so why should I not expect it to be hard to achieve?
I don’t know what the future holds, but I believe his word is true. I have given up everything to follow God except my fear, doubt and worry. It’s time to let those go.
If you are waiting on a situation that feels impossible, pray with me. We’ll pray for each other, because Jesus said, “if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
Dear God, We come to you right now as two believers. You know our needs before we even ask. God, we believe Your Son died on the cross for us. It was as if He took a bullet meant for us. We were supposed to die, but thanks to Jesus, we have eternal life. In return, we are following you. We are trying to learn and grow in faith, but we need Your help right now. Remove any fear, doubt and worry that we have been feeling. Answer our miracle requests. These requests are impossible in the natural world, but You are not of this world. You need only say the word and it will be done. Pour out your mercy, grace and blessings on us today. Thank you, Father. We ask all this through the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen