HEALING! OH, YES. WE WANT IT NOW. NO SUFFERING, NO PROBLEMS, NO HURT. Everything from the sniffles to devastating illnesses – “heal me Jesus!”
When Jesus walked the shores of Galilee, were his disciples ever sick or tempted? Did they ask Jesus to protect them? If so, there is no record of him saying to Bartholomew, “No more sniffles.” Or to James the Less, “You won’t have an ear ache any more.” Zap! Bingo! Yes, they were scared from time to time. They got angry. They were uncertain in certain situations. I can’t find where Jesus protected them from temptation either. The key was – they left everything to follow Jesus. Talk about total commitment!
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6 (niv)
“Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
“Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?
“Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.”
(Frank E. Graeff)