Word for Today

‘These   were all commended for their faith…’ Hebrews 11:39

Debbie, a radiant thirty-seven-year-old   who worked at The Word For You Today in Atlanta, died after battling cancer.   People everywhere prayed for her healing, including the elders at Northpoint   Church. Some of those who attended her funeral wondered, ‘Why?’ The truth is,   sometimes God heals us in response to the prayer of faith (James 5:14), other   times He takes us to heaven, which Paul describes as ‘far better’   (Philippians 1:23). This raises the question: ‘Why are some people   healed in response to prayer and others not?’ The answer is: ‘We don’t know, and God   doesn’t tell us!’ Paul, who wrote half the New Testament, had a ministry so   miraculous that the dead were raised, yet he confessed, ‘We know in part’   (1Corinthians13:9). Pastor James Bradley sheds light on this difficult   subject. He points out that in Hebrews   chapter eleven, some ‘escaped the edge of the sword’ (Hebrews 11:34 NIV),   while others ‘were put to death by the sword’ (Hebrews 11:37 NIV). But   notice in verse 39, ‘These were all commended for their faith.’ Bradley writes: ‘It   seems clear that we can’t always measure faith by results. Faith is a virtue   and value on its own merit. Our faith is not based on what we get, it’s based   on who we trust.’ Speaking of Debbie’s death, he wrote: ‘She did not fail her faith   and her faith did not fail her. She was, and is, a wonderful example of   trusting God in the most difficult of life’s challenges. She’s a champion of   faith, and I was inspired by her unshakeable trust and love for the Lord.’

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