Me? I'm sticking with Matt. 6:10b & Matt. 26:39. Basically, God has a will of His own, and "Father Knows Best." I'll pray, lay on hands, anoint with oil (if requested) and leave the outcome to God.I'm so glad you asked that. Thank you. I'm interested in what you think...was it...
...My lack of faith? Do you think? It certainly wasn't hers or anyone else's...she was dying in hospice care...Some would rather think it's my false doctrine...because there is no way they would consider their own lack of faith. It's important to think about.
(That makes it sound like God's workings are difficult to comprehend, which makes Him inscrutable.)I have learned not to ask "why". My Lord said believers will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover. I only have two responsibilities there, not three...Believe what He said, and do what He said. The recovery is not up to me.
TRUE!There are two things I have learned without asking why: First, Jesus did warn of a time where darkness comes and no one can work. There was to be a time where faith believed despite all evidence to the contrary. Faith is only evidenced by our deeds and our words. The dawn is the evidence of a coming day, where work begins afresh. Look, darkness covers the nations and deep darkness the peoples...This is not a time to waver in our faith, but to believe.
I've heard it went back to "Bible - Chopper" Montanus. (My nickname for him.)But more than that...I think this is a vital principle: If faith is as a mustard seed, then I don't lack faith at all. I only lack tree: If the faith is well planted and I believe what Jesus said, if I water the Word daily and abide in it...then eventually the tree grows and provides shelter. But not at first. I serve a God Who did not do a single miracle for thirty years of His amazing life. Everything leads me to believe He lost His father Joseph at an early age...although this cannot be proven; Joseph never appears in the later years, as Mary does. So presumably Jesus watched his father die.
I do not believe there is a problem with believing but not yet seeing. I DO believe that unbelief is an issue that the church, historically, dealt poorly with. I have no doubt that the dogma that "tongues are not for today" was first taught by self-styled pastors, self-satisfied without the gift...who proved that the gift no longer existed by virtue of the "fact" that they, teacher and pastor, did not have the gift.
And cessationism is an attempt to understand why. (Whether it is a good or bad idea is something else.) WHY - since Jesus gave us a "carte blanche" - did my pastor (along with so many others) die in the Justinian Plague?"I laid hands on the sick...she died...therefore Jesus did not mean what He said, or it is no longer true." I do not believe that is how scripture should be judged. WoF says, "God said it. It is true. Come...to believe."
As long as there is apparent conflict between what the Word says and people see, "Why?" will be asked, and people will try to answer.