Musings during the Pandemic #29

Does God heal today? Are the promises in His Word even valid today?

I am asking these questions because I have a belief system as far as I can remember that says whatever God promised in His Word, He will do. And I have been living my life as such, believing in a God that keeps His promises and can never lie.

My faith foundation suffered a major setback in 2018 when despite all the prayers and laying of hands and trusting in His Word, my brother went to the Lord at such a young age. I decided then that my faith was based on lies and that God does not keep His promises. All my time of service and sacrifices were in vain and I was at a loss on why this happened and what am I going to do. God was very patient with me then. He gently revealed the reason for His action as Luke 1:23 was revealed to me by a close friend – When the time of his service was complete, he returned home. My late brother passed at 1.23pm.

Just a few weeks back, my close friend succumbed to Covid-19, despite prayers and intercessions prayed all over the world for him. Again, almost 3 years later, my faith foundation was shaken and I was asking the Lord why did He allow this to happen.

Again, God showed me His love and gentleness when He revealed to me Psalm 27:4 that says “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek : That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.’’ I understand now that for those serving the Lord with all our hearts, there is no better place to be than in the presence of God. I understand now that God called him (and my brother 3 years back) in His perfect time. We are blessed to have known them and learnt so much from them and I surrender them back to my Father in heaven, where they belong. I hope to join them some day and worship the Father with them and all those I love that has gone before me. God is good all the time.

Dearest Father,
Thank you for your love, mercy and patience with me as I grappled with the loss of those close to me. You have never stopped showing me Your love and has gently revealed to me what Your Word says and that our ways of understanding and seeing things are usually not Your way. In all I pray and do, may I always remember that Your will and not mine, be done.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.