Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is a David vs Goliath story where a weak, poor, indebted Mexican army of 4,500 men defeated Napoleon’s mighty, invasive French army of 8,000?
I’ve recently watched a relationship between two friends go downhill because one friend loaned money to another and the one who borrowed shows no interest in repaying his debt.
Watching this relationship has shown a new light on what I went through when I was praying for or “holding out” for healing from my recent experience with breast cancer.. and surgeons.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
I realize now, that over time the idea of healing as a “promise”.. a promise not yet fulfilled for me.. caused a rift in what is normally a joyful, free, and naturally flowing relationship between the Lord and I.
John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Praying, “standing” on the “promises” in the Word, and believing for healing led to putting myself in a place were my attitude was that of a lender toward God as the borrower; acting as though God owed me the healing He’d promised.
Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
I continually find myself “doing” when God wants me to “rest” and let Him do the doing. I’ve learned to be leery of striving in the things I need to get done.. but in this case I found myself striving in believing.. in my faith. I believed I was “doing” what I was supposed to do by praying, confessing and believing.. when I should have been resting in His work.
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Lamentations 3:26 It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Healing from breast cancer, healing from losing Joel.. is His job.. mine is to rest, to trust to lay it all down at His feet and know that He loves me and will do what is best for me and my loved ones in His perfect timing.
John 6:29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”