March 17, 2015

2 Samuel 24:14 David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.”

Faced with an extremely difficult decision, David chose God’s mercy. As I read it, he didn’t really differentiate between famine and disease, but he knew he couldn’t trust human punishment. It looks to me like he said, “Lord, You choose.” An important part of fearing the Lord is trusting the Lord not to do anything out of proportion. The thing is, we don’t know what is proportional and what isn’t. When we come right down to it, we don’t know much of anything! That’s why faith is essential. It is only when we come to Paul’s famous declaration of faith that we can have real peace: “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) As Jesus told us, in this world we will have troubles. (John 16:33) Since that is a given, the question becomes one of how we respond to them. If we trust God as David did, we will still go through the consequences of our sin and the sin of others, but things will be held to a minimum, and we will experience God turning even bad things around for good. (Romans 8:28)

Cathy and I are in the middle of just such a situation as this right now. As I have said frequently, Cathy’s various medical problems have hardly managed to slow her down. However, this latest seems to be the exception. Lumbar stenosis (pressure on the spinal cord) has given her structural pain that is problematic to say the least. I expect to be purchasing her a cane today to give her more mobility, but distance walking is currently out of the question. I find myself tempted to doubt the competence of the orthopedic doctor we have gone to, but that’s hardly fair. We are in a position of having to choose trust, because that’s clearly the best option. I need wisdom in how to cooperate with God’s health for Cathy, as well as in how to be the support she needs in getting around and getting things done. What we must not do is rail against God and say, why me? Rather, as Jesus said, we are to rejoice, because He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Father, it’s harder for me to deal with when the problems are with Cathy’s body than when they are with mine. I ask for a revelation of Your grace and mercy for us both, that we may rest, relax, and rejoice in You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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