Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nothing Has Changed By My Prayer, Why?

Will It Be Better If God Didn't Allow Alzheimer's Disease?

Question : Thanks for your answer in advance. I have a seen an aunty who suffered with Alzheimer's disease, yet I was amazed how her husband continued to love her and patiently fulfilled all his duties to say at the end that he honored the vow that he had made before God when he married her young, healthy and beautiful. Sometimes I think that it would have been better if that aunty did not have Alzheimer's disease, her husband would have enjoyed his life with her. Why did this happen to them, I have prayed for that Aunty's healing but nothing has changed much.

Answer : God says in his word, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isa 55:9). God ways and thoughts in allowing evil, disease and all suffering in this world is higher than our thoughts which thinks that it would have been better if none of these things were there. How could that man show his wonderful commitment of God's Love if the wife did not have such a kind of Alzheimer's disease that makes her forget now and then of what has happened? Actually suffering perfects us to become more in the likeness of God. When our forefather Adam sinned, our whole human race fell in to the nature of sin (Rom 5:12). Now in Christ Jesus we were taken out of that old nature of sin and are made to be partakers of God's nature to excel in His character to glorify Him through our earthly lives (2 Peter 1:4). In others words, God gives us opportunity to become more like him through our suffering which is only for a little time on earth (1 Peter 1:6-7), but the eternal reward that God prepares for the overcomers to be felicitated in heaven is more than we can comprehend (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21). The purpose of our life on earth is to know God deeply and establish a strong bond and intimacy with him. So in heaven there are no suffering and we will stay with the achievement that we have achieved on earth, and only God's glory and honor can be received there for what we have become (Heb 2:9; 2 Peter 1:17; Matt 17:5; Rom 2:6-8, 9-11; 1 Cor 15:41-43).

So only the very God of the very God had to become human like us in Jesus Christ to understand what suffering is all about, so that he could represent us before God the Father as a Man to remake and transform us more like God in Himself (Heb 5:7-11). In other words, we can learn obedience to God's voice only through suffering in this earth and that is the way even Jesus the Son of the living God also learned obedience to the Father God to walk in His will and way, to live a complete God pleasing life on earth for which God has "9 ...highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Php 2:9-11). If we receive honor and glory from God without suffering on earth, we will become someone greater than Jesus who suffered to receive it in his life. This is a impossibility because Jesus Himself said that the student cannot be greater than his master but can be like him at the maximum (Luke 6:40). If only we can understand that all things whether good or bad cannot happen in our lives except under God's sovereign will of allowing it for our eternal good of becoming more like Jesus and receiving the glorious eternal reward of God for it (Rom 8:28; 1 Cor 10:13), our lives will be much more happier through suffering because we will go through it knowing that it is for our good we are going through it. In fact the apostles having experienced this truth to a great extent in their personal lives said to the believers, "2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:2-4).

If we willingly go through suffering with joy of the Lord in our hearts, we will be greatly rewarded by God in our future. If we continue to waver in our doubt to fret and fume against God's will and ways, not only we will temporally be unhappy in our lives but also lose our eternal reward that God has in store for us which He will give to someone else because of us failing God in our walk of faith that He has planned for us (Rev 3:11). It is better to accept suffering now and learn obedience to God's higher ways and thoughts, and thus hit with a stone against unbelief to bring to us both the blessed abundant life of God to us now on earth and reward of it in heaven in our future (John 10:10; Rev 22:12). By the way, it is getting two mangoes with one stone throw....

It is better for you to pray for both the husband and wife to be strengthened by His grace to carry on in their trials joyfully, so that they will enjoy life through suffering rather than praying to God to remove the suffering and be discouraged when it does not happen. Sometimes God answers our prayers by changing us to face our situation victoriously rather than changing the situation to give us victory when it is His will to bless us that way (2 Cor 12:8-9). When God finds eternal blessedness of the change in character as the need of the situation in our lives, he would let us suffer to inherit eternal reward than let us in our temporal comfort that passes away after a little while in our earthly life.

Much Blessings......


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