I have a hypothetical situation. There are two people in a church. In the same week they are diagnosed with the same type of cancer in stage three. The church gathered together at the front of the church and prayed for these two people separately, by laying hands on them and turning it over to the Lord. After this they both started a treatment regimen that had the usual side affects and terrible weakness. After several months of therapy, one is healed of their cancer. The person is left without a trace of it in their body. In fact, the x-rays are such that the doctor wouldn’t be able to tell if the person had cancer in the first place. The other person continued in treatment and did not get better. This person had a constant battle back and forth with the cancer for several years before the Lord took that person home.
Now here is where it becomes sticky. Some would argue that the latter did not have as much faith as the one who was healed. The one who was healed had sufficient faith to be healed. The other perhaps did not and that is why the cancer won the battle. But what if God’s purpose was that His power would be seen through both. What if the latter actually had more faith than the former and that is why they lost the battle because through that battle they would bring more glory to the Lord, never wavering in their faith and always praising God throughout the ordeal. While the former’s faith may have been weaker and a shorter battle is what they needed to become stronger in their faith and share their story with others about the wonder and grace of God.
To accuse someone of not having enough faith to be healed of a sickness is pure arrogance and ignorance. We are not able to judge another person’s level of faith. Faith is misunderstood, misused and abused in part of today’s church. In some places there is not enough focus on faith. Our faith needs to be that of Daniel’s three friends, who defied the most powerful man on earth so as not to deny their God. And their statement should be ours, 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[d] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (from Daniel 3).
I pray that I will be able to stand firm in my faith as they did before Nebuchadnezzar.