I May Not Understand But I Believe — Sunday Thought For The Day
Early morning this past March 29, the day before Good Friday, a very special friend was taken to the hospital by ambulance. She had been feeling increasingly worse since January of this year. Upon arriving at the hospital, after a series of tests were performed; she was admitted that same day and told she had five days to live. Her entire body including her spine was ravaged with cancer. The doctors and specialists told her there was no hope, she had five days to live.
Mid evening on October 15th, as she and I talked on the phone, she told me that she was all but cancer free. Had I not known that she had been diagnosed with cancer and told she had five days to live only seven months before I would never have guessed. She was home, she was ambulatory, she was gaining weight, it was no longer necessary for her husband to be her care giver. God had miraculously answered her prayers and the prayers of those praying for her.
I’ve become friends with a gentleman who owns a company that does work for me. This past August he shared that a donor had been found for his wife, who had been awaiting a kidney transplant for a long time. But it was how the donor had been found that made the gentleman gasp for breath.
A friend of his wife, whom “they had not seen or heard from in approximately 20 years” had been sitting in church listening the sermon her family’s pastor was preaching and she felt the Lord instructing her to contact the business owner’s wife, and tell her that she wanted to donate one of her kidneys. The friend’s kidney was a match and the transplant was successfully performed.
I spoke with the gentleman this past Friday morning. He is still in awe of what his wife’s friend did, but he is even more in awe of the way it came about for her to do it.
The wife of my Pastor’s best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was placed on our church prayer list. Her doctors are unable to explain it but the cancer tumor in her breast shrank and just disappeared before any radical treatments were needed.
But there were other’s at the very same time, who were also on our church prayer list who had cancer the Lord took them home. One such woman had been strong and vibrant, who left a husband and children behind.
Over my many years as a born-again Christian and a minister I have seen God answer prayer and heal people. I have also witnessed no few times that it was God’s will for a person to not be healed. I’m not sure I want to know why God would heal one person and not another. But what I am sure of is that it was not for a lack of faith that one person has been healed and another not.
It has to do with the will of God. It is my faith that makes me to know that God hears the fervent faithful prayer of the righteous; but it is that same faith that makes me too know that there are many times that God answers my prayer(s) differently than I think He should.
That is because when I/we pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name…thy will be done…” it is faith that enables me to understand that God knows best. My faith is not weakened because there are times when God does not do what I think He should do. It is not me that is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. It is not me who is the “Alpha and the Omega.” It is me that believes my God is those things.
READ:Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here