The preacher prayed for the sick and the sick quickly recovered. The man on TV supernaturally sees a man heal from a neck injury he suffered many years ago. The missionary in Mexico has incredible documented miracles as the death rise to embrace the beauty of life again. The mother prayed for her child and successfully rebukes the fever out of him. A husband is heard in the middle of night crying out to God as he intercedes for his wife in prayer. His wife goes back to the doctor the next day and the malign tumor is gone as the doctors watched astonished. Behind these and many other testimonies is the faith of many brothers and sisters around the world.
But what happens when the miracle you eagerly prayed for did not come to pass? Shall we blame the lack of faith of the one praying; or perhaps the person receiving the prayer did not have enough confidence. These arguments can be made accurate. However, to make a quick judgment concerning these matters is a Biblical error.
Faith has two dimensions; one is the charismatic, full of action, exciting and with plenty of great testimonies. It is the faith we all would like to have and testify about. However, the other dimension of faith is deeper and requires a greater maturity. It is the aspect of faith that takes you from believing in a miracle, to trusting God in-spite of the visible results. It is the faith of David as he stood up from weeping and fasting before the Lord for the life of his new born child who was destined to die as the result of David’s adulterous sin. That faith assisted him to stand and worship the Lord as the news was given to the king that his son was now dead. It is the faith that inspired the Prophet Habakkuk to sing:
|“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—|
|Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation”. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)|
It is the faith of the Apostle Paul as he prayed for his own healing; the Lord answered him by saying: “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” The Apostle Paul then added in this same verse: “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” What power is Paul talking about? How can the word “power” be used when the miracle he was expecting did not take place? Because Paul moved in the power of the dimension of faith that trusts God in-spite of what his eyes were able to see or not. This my friends, is the faith that does not move mountains, but moves our hearts closer to God; this is the faith that matures and grows us spiritually, the faith that moves us from spoiled children to grateful men and women who love God no matter what!