O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. —Psalm 30:2

            There are times when God answers the prayer “for help, and you have healed me.”  Our Lord God Almighty is capable to do anything He desires to.  If He desires to heal someone in answer to prayer, He will.  But then, He may not heal according to His purposes.  Why does our Lord heal one and not another?  The only answer I can give is that He has His purposes in it, whichever He decides.  As long as we are alive as followers of Jesus it is to be for the benefit of others.  After all, we are to be servants.

            There are many times recorded in God’s Word when He healed people and even brought them back from the dead.  Yes, our Lord can do whatever He desires.  Today we also hear stories of when God has healed and even brought people back from the dead.  Again, there are times He does this and there are times He does not.

            My own dad was on his deathbed when God did a supernatural work in His life and raised him off the bed.  He lived another year and a half.  That supernatural experience happened when I was with him.  I witnessed what happened.  His doctor couldn’t believe it when my dad walked into his office.  “What are you doing here?  You should be dead,” the doctor said.  Part of the reason God did that in his life was for me to retell that story to you.  God can heal or He may not.

            One thing is sure about all those who were healed or brought back from the dead— they all died eventually or will die.  All, except that generation living when Jesus comes back, will die.  It is “the way of the earth” (Joshua 23:14; I Kings 2:2).  Joshua said this.  David said this.  It happened to them.  It will happen to us… unless we are living when Jesus comes back.

            But… death is the last enemy (I Corinthians 15:26) and to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8).  The Apostle Paul had such a desire to be with Jesus that He said, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.”  Is that truly our desire?  Paul went on to say, “but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body” (Philippians 1:23-24).  Yes, Paul’s desire was to be with Jesus and that was only going to happen if he died.  But that was his desire.  Yet he knew that his work was not over yet and he was still living for the sake of others. 

Now, let me ask this question— Do you and I have that type of desire?  Again, listen to Paul— “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8).  Now Paul speaks not only of himself, but also of others.  Do you and I prefer to be away from the body and home with the Lord?  May it be so!  But… as long as we are here may we be serving others however our Lord leads us to!

Dear Father please help me to finish the race well, serving others until my last breath.  Oh, how I long to be with Jesus and with all who love Him and want to be with Him.  May I be faithful to Your desires for me with the life I have left here.  Yes, may that be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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