- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 03/23/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
There is a documentary about a world famous healing evangelist who couldn’t heal a little girl… The little girl was counting on him for healing. Maybe that is where the mistake was. She didn’t happen to get it… What is there to say about healing? Some get healing and others don’t. It is not easy to explain why. How should we respond?
There are some people who don’t loose hope even if they don’t get healed. This little girl didn’t get healed but kept on praising the Lord. It was awesome to see her sing praises to God and even play the piano despite her infirmity. It was remarkable.
There was a meeting with some folks who didn’t get healing. One fine young man said, “Even if I don’t get better, I would still praise God.” Another young lady said she still loved Jesus with or without relief to her pain. It was touching. It was breath taking. It was moving.
They aren’t the only ones who haven’t been given healing. There is a person in the Bible named Paul. He to suffered. In one case, he called it a thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7). It could have been a physical defect or something else. Whatever it was, it caused him enough pain that he asked for it to be removed… three times in fact (2 Corinthians 12:8).
Paul mentions that even though he couldn’t get the thorn removed, there was value and something good that came out of his condition.
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
What a response to his infirmity. He didn’t give up serving Jesus. He didn’t give up believing. He took pleasure in it knowing that it would make Christ’s power to rest upon him. This would actually turn out to make him strong. What a response from God!
Most people put conditions on their praise to God. It is usually when they get the things they want from God that they thank Him. Paul was different. There were no strings attached. What a stunning example of godliness. It shows the depth of his love for the saviour. Most people just use God, get what they want and leave Him behind. But not people like Paul and the others who didn’t get their healing. They gave unconditional love, praise and devotion to the God of the universe. It is stunning!
It reminds me of another story about the lepers who got healed by Jesus. One returned to thank him. I guess the other lepers were just using Jesus to get what they want and go on there way. I praise God for examples like Paul, and that one leper, and others who showed much gratitude.
“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17)
Let us imitate these stunning examples!