Christian With Uremia: Why I Don’t Pray for a Miraculous Cure
By CCD contributor: Caleb Wang , January 16, 2018 09:01 AM
Someone asked me at the hospital yesterday why the God I believe in doesn't cure me? This is just like asking a girl why her rich boyfriend doesn't buy her a BMW. If buying a BMW can prove his love, then his love is worthless. Similarly, if belief is just about being cured, I'd have a kidney transplant instead of spending this much effort.
I always believe God has so much to pour into me for His love is greater than anything I can imagine and beyond what eyes can see. Every day love, care, and hope accumulate in the account of my soul.
I truly know that the faith God demands from us doesn't rely on any miracles or physical evidence. No secular price tag should be on His almighty mercy and it is far from comparable with little things.
However, in today's church, there are still many people who value miracles more than the true eternal God behind all this.
I attended a Bible Study a few years ago. Although people called it a Bible Study, it was just a dozen believers gathered together who read one verse and then each gave their own opinion on it.
However, I felt like being at an exhibit because I heard about a god of fortune, a miracle-working doctor, a match-maker, but not the Christ on the cross. Some talked about making a lot of money because of God's keeping, some testified of being cured, some thanked God for a wonderful lover, etc.
The sister presiding over the study prayed when it was over thanking God for another meeting with Him. I had some doubts about that sentence. Then it occurred to me that sometimes claiming to have met God is sadder than not meeting God.
Objectively speaking, many new believers long for miracles to prove the truth. They often subjectively see them as proof of God's existence and motivation for belief. However, once people truly learn the Gospel's truth, they realize that God Himself is greater and more true than any miracles.
Over two million Israelites witnessed countless miracles in Egypt and the wilderness. However, All but Caleb and Joshua died in the wilderness. The extreme plaques in Egypt and the Red Sea crossing didn't bring them true faith, but overly distracted them from honoring God.
Jesus said, " I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Obviously, no one in this world is able to bypass Jesus Christ to meet God and have eternal life. The blood of Christ cleanses our sin, His cross changes our life, and His resurrection justifies us before God. We'll be hopeless away from Him.
Many people may think it is such a cliché and it doesn't seem to appeal to non-believers. Therefore, many services turn into miracle meetings, revivals turn into health and wealth lectures. Many worship services aren't about the true God.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith." (Romans 1:16)
The Gospel is Jesus Christ and His crucifixion - a grace that no miracle can compete with.
Miracles can never replace Christ as the center of the Gospel, nor should faith be sustained by it.
-Translated by Grace Hubl
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