In our Bible study “A Woman After God’s Own Heart,” Elizabeth has included a “life scene” for each day. This is a typical scenario of a real-life situation. They are put in our lessons to cause us to dig into the Word and come up with a Biblical solution.
One of the life scenes in last months’ lesson created a lot of discussion among the ladies. Let me share it with you:
Donna discovered that her good friend Nicole was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Donna decided to pray and fast. She prayed earnestly that God would heal Nicole. A few months later Nicole died, leaving behind her husband and three children. Donna’s faith in God’s goodness and in prayer was deeply scarred. Now she seldom prays, and she lives with a sense of betrayal and bitterness.
How do you think you would have responded if you had been Donna? What scriptures would you choose to share with her?
We could give many answers, but the best one would be, as they asked, one from the Scriptures. As heartbreaking as this situation is, we must all come to the understanding and realization that we are not God, cannot understand His ways, and need to accept in faith that what He does is perfect. That’s not said in a cold-hearted manner, because God isn’t cold-hearted. He loves us! He loved Nicole and her husband and children. We have to remind ourselves what we know to be true about our God:
- He is a good God and cannot act apart from His nature – Psalm 52:1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
- He loves me and is not out to get me – Proverbs 15:9b …but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- He is right in all He does because He is righteous – Psalm 36:6 – Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep; O lord, thou preservest man and beast.
- He answers all my prayers – Psalm 66:19 – But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayers.
The last bullet comes with the understanding that God doesn’t always answer with “Yes.” Sometimes He says “no.” If you’re a parent you must know that you can’t always give your children what they ask for. Sometimes in our wisdom we have to say “no.” So does God.
Did Nicole get healed? If she was saved, she got her ultimate healing the moment she closed her eyes in death. The ones that are left behind are the ones who are hurting and grieving, and must do so with Truth in their hearts if they’re going to respond correctly to this very difficult time – and respond correctly to their God.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to ponder this type of situation. We’ve all probably been asked questions such as this and it’s good to have the opportunity to search the Scriptures to find the truth. So, has this posed another question in your mind, or do you have another thought concerning this situation? Share it with me here and together we’ll look for a Biblical answer.