Faith and Blindness
Yesterday I visited a church where I heard the most amazing first-hand testimony corroborated by several witnesses. Specifically, the father (a church member) provided the following status report on the health of his daughter and the miraculous healing she was experiencing. His eyes were glistening with tears of joy and gratitude as he related the events of the past few weeks:
My 29 year old daughter was gravely ill in the hospital’s ICU. Her liver had ceased to function properly as a result of a severe infection. All her test numbers were dangerously “off the chart” and her family was advised by doctors,
“There is nothing more we can do for her. She will die.”
Her condition continued to worsen in spite of the doctors’ best efforts.
We were called to say final good-bye. Entrance to her ICU room was strictly controlled to limit potential for infection, and plans were being made to transfer her to hospice care.
We knew drastic action was needed. We quickly called our family, pastor, and church friends. We all gathered around her, laid hands on her, prayed over her in the name of Jesus, and asked in faith for a miraculous healing from Jesus. We ardently asked The LORD to intervene and show His Glory. Then we left for the day, but kept praying fervently for her recovery. In faith we had believed and knew that she would be healed.
But would their prayers be answered?
Next day her condition stabilized and her test numbers improved slightly. We continued to pray in faith to Jesus for miraculous recovery. The slight improvement had encouraged us and strengthened our faith. The doctors remained skeptical and thought the “improvement” was either just temporary or wishful thinking.
The second day her numbers improved dramatically. The doctors were amazed and had no explanation; thus they were skeptical of the “improvement.” We knew the change was an indication of a miracle healing in progress by Jesus. Our faithful prayers continued.
The third and fourth day the numbers continued to improve dramatically and indicated that her liver functions were recovering quickly – contrary to all medical experience, knowledge, and prediction. By the end of the fourth day her liver functions were normal, although she was still weak and hospitalized.
We rejoiced but continued to pray fervently in faith to Jesus for complete healing. The doctors finally changed their prognosis and were cautiously optimistic about a recovery, although they had no explanation for the sudden turnaround. We told the skeptical doctors,
“Jesus is healing her. She’ll be well soon.” But the doctors still scoffed at us.
Next day she was transferred from ICU for in-patient physical therapy. She could not be released because the illness had made her extremely weak and she had lost a great deal of weight.
She is now able to walk the hospital floor for exercise, in spite of the fact that five days ago the doctors had conceded her to death. Her four year old daughter visited her, and we all rejoiced at the healing miracle performed by Jesus.
Tomorrow she is scheduled to return home and in a few days participate in her daughter’s birthday party.
Then all praised and thanked Jesus for the miraculous healing, and with faith in their hearts they all prayed that the doctors also would come to know The Truth.
Who says miracles don’t exist?
Who says Jesus isn’t alive and working in our lives?
Only those who have no faith and reject all evidence of the Truth, including such miraculous healings.
This is what Jesus taught about such unbelievers:
Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ (Mat 13:14-15)
But Jesus taught the opposite about those who in faith accept The Truth, believe, and turn to Him:
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. (Mat 13:16)
… For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mat 17:20)
The doctors have been unable to provide any medical explanation for this miraculous recovery, but its existence is undeniable. The only possible answer can be that an “impossible” healing was made possible miraculously by the family’s faith in Jesus.
So which are you?
Will you ever see a miracle?
Do you need a miracle?
Or will you scoff to your dying day when The Truth will ultimately be revealed to you in all His Glory?
Give your heart to Jesus and participate in the greatest miracle of all as He transforms and heals your evil heart and sinful life. For He alone is The Way, The Truth, and The Life and He alone heals and makes new.
For Christ, unlike doctors, does not require of us blind faith. To a Christian
faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Heb 11:1).
All is not as it looks!
[Names were withheld in the interest of privacy protection.]