My father-in-law came through surgery well. It’s going to be a long recovery, but we are fine with that. I cannot thank all of you enough for lifting him, the doctors and all the medical staff who attend him up in prayer. God is good.
I thank my heavenly Father for saying yes to our prayers, and I know that He continues to listen as we pray complete healing upon David.
God’s work in our families is never ending, but when there are times like this when you see direct intervention from the hand of God it’s easy to miss it. The forces of evil try to get us to chalk it up to good medical care, and I in no way diminish the excellence that the surgeon brought. I was trained to emphasize faith, and I am actively defending our faith that parted the Red Sea, and raised Jesus from the dead. I feel sorry for you if you don’t believe that. God is orchestrating a beautiful symphony that we do not see, and if you think everything you experience is what is before your eyes then you are ignorant. That’s not an insult. It’s a fact the best selling Book year after year makes clear from beginning to end. It’s power never ends however, and that’s why I type these words about my father-in-law.
At some point I will pass from this earth unless Jesus appears in the clouds to separate the sheep from the goats. I understand I’m not here forever. Many of you understand that you aren’t here forever. As Christ followers we are not afraid of death, but we do know that God prolongs life hence our reason for praying that David would make it through surgery, and hence the reason we continue to pray for healing. Following Yahweh is not complicated. The greatest commandment as you know is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and the second is like it, to love our neighbor as ourselves. We did that yesterday. We knew God could make David’s surgery successful, and we loved our neighbor David by praying that the surgery would be successful. God doesn’t allow bad things to happen to us to see us squirm. He isn’t a cosmic being who enjoys seeing His creation suffer. I’ve never read Dante’s Inferno, but degrees of underworld torture are not what I want to think about when I think about Father or Abba (Daddy). Is there a place of eternal suffering called Hell? Maybe there is, but I’m not going to experience it. I have confidence the Bible speaks about in being with the Father, Son and Spirit for eternity, and that is the point.
I am over being controlled by fear. I may experience anxiousness when a loved one is having surgery, but I refuse to be afraid of the inevitable that is going to happen to all of us if Jesus doesn’t come again while we live. Actually, there will be people on this earth when He comes again. The Bible is clear about that. The dead in Christ will rise from the dead first, and when they rise up to be with Jesus everyone else will come after that. I don’t know if that means we’re all going to float above the earth, but it doesn’t really matter because all that will matter is that we are with our Savior. I know we are with Him now, but that day is going to be a game changer unlike anything we’ve ever seen or experienced.
I have a Father Who is keenly aware of everything you are up against in this very moment. I don’t pray because my name is Daniel. My name could be any name, and I would call upon the name of the LORD. His name is the name above all names. There’s never been a time when He didn’t exist. He wasn’t created. He won’t ever die. And even when we go through the worst life brings He longs for each one of us to place our trust in Him. Sometimes we might think that what we go through is simply not fair. I get that. I truly get that. I declare that everyday. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t say that at one time or another. As western north Americans I bet we say that more than most people because we have this sense of entitlement that the individual’s “rights” are the common denominator. There’s not a single human being who hasn’t been wronged. We can’t avoid being wronged because this world is broken, and it will remain broken till the New Earth is created.
On that New Earth there won’t be any need for surgery. There won’t be any need for “prayer” because prayer will be a face-to-face conversation with the Creator. Faith in blogs will not have to be written about because there won’t be a need to believe in the unseen. I guess the Greek verb Πíστεω will still be in use, but the idea behind Hebrews 11.1 will no longer be needed.
And I for one am thankful.
Father, I thank you for bringing David through surgery successfully. I pray Your continued power and healing upon his body as he begins this long road to recovery. In Jesus name amen.