Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
(2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV)
In one way or another, from own experience or from a relative, sooner or later life confronts us with some hard battle in having to face a disease. Thus we find ourselves dealing with the diagnosis of a rare or serious illness, during which you give your whole faith a call for a miracle. With the passage of time, the progress of the disease undermines your certainties and you begin to ask why God does not work, even knowing that His will is sovereign and He works as he wants. The dilemma remains because sometimes the Lord heals and others do not. It is a difficult question, which we can / must) answer with an honest faith, able to recognize that He is God beyond the fulfillment of our prayers. As long as we have a chance, we pray and believe that God can, and we do it to the end. But when "nothing" happens (according to our desires) we remain serene that He knows what is best. How not to turn a thought, however, to those who are spending alongside a disabled relative, paralyzed ... or to those who have already seen a child go out, their spouse, a friend and can not accept it yet.
It will certainly affect our beliefs and what has been imparted to us in terms of faith will condition our actions for good or bad as well as our reactions. I cannot fail to take into consideration the fact that the absolute abandonment to the possibilities of God capable of guaranteeing miraculous healings has led to forms of extremism which are rather questionable and in some cases harmful: think of the aversion to any medical treatment in the treatment of diseases or for the misplaced insistence of the quest for miraculous healing at all costs. The panorama of faith is full of self-proclaimed preachers, who maintain that behind every ailment there is always a spiritual reality, denying with the ham on the eyes that although some infirmities originate in situations of sin (think of the infirmities deriving from abuses and addictions various), others are daughters of our wicked act. As a consequence, there are those who see illness as a form of divine curse or punishment, ignoring the sufferings of those who have preceded us on their journey of faith.
It may seem cruel, but as already done elsewhere, I do not hesitate to admit that God does not always heal. Yes, I believe in miracles, in the promises of the Bible, otherwise I would not be a biblical believer. But I try to be objective. I believe that God listens to our prayers (always!), But that he uses the stove of affliction at his discretion to refine us beyond our understanding. Don't ask me for explanations. He is God, however. Who am I to ask Him about His actions? Only one of the many who are passing through here, and as a dear friend says, "lent to this world". So encouraged the apostle Paul: " Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day". Unfortunately the truth is that we find it hard to realize that our goal is Heaven. We declare that Jesus went on to prepare us a place to welcome us, that he shed His blood so that we could receive salvation and eternal life, but then we want at all costs and in all ways to prolong our earthly journey of pilgrims. Here is that if the exterior goes to ruin, but we must be sincere of the interior that is renewing itself and preparing itself for the great day. Lovingly, if you are going through similar circumstances and feel the fire of affliction, I can advise you not to look for it or for how. It will not be the best for some, but who knows that we must not learn from Paul to recognize that sometimes His Grace is enough for us. I sincerely hope to never feed illusions, and to always have the strength to accompany those who walk in the valley of the shadow of death or illness, because those in suffering need "accompaniment" in seeking divine intervention or in accepting the disease. We can be healed or not, but let's not forget that it only concerns the body, which will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Weekly Bible reading plan
08 April 1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 9:37-62
09 April 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 10:1-24
10 April 1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 10:25-42
11 April 1 Samuel 17-18; Luke 11:1-28
12 April 1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 11:29-54
13 April 1 Samuel 22-24; Luke 12:1-31
14 April 1 Samuel 25-26; Luke 12:32-59
April 9 in memories
This date unites two significant moments for the evangelical world. It was April 9, 1935 when in Italy the circular letter n was issued. 600/158, the so-called «Buffarini Guidi» - from the name of the then undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior - which banned the Pentecostal cult «as it turned out to be expressed and made concrete in religious practices contrary to the social order and harmful to the physical and mental integrity of the breed ». That provision, considered the most serious act of religious intolerance that was carried out in Italy after the Unification, had serious repercussions on the lives of hundreds of people and caused deep suffering to the Pentecostal communities present throughout the territory.
At dawn on April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran theologian and one of the protagonists of the resistance to Nazism, was hanged (less than 40 years) along with other conspirators in the Flossenbürg concentration camp, a few days before the end of the war.