Random Ramblings: November 19, 2016

First off today, a bit of “housekeeping”: By the time this posts, Cathy and I should just about be arriving at a warm and sunny seashore where we will enjoy a week of relaxation on a beautiful beach. As a result, I will be absent from this chair for the forthcoming week. However, you will hardly notice as I have scheduled posts for each day at the typical times. No doubt you will notice a repeat of last year’s “Thanksgiving week” posts that chronicle my adventures in getting ready for the big day… I had fun writing those, I must say. Please feel free to leave your comments, but they may take a while to show up… Beginning on Monday November 28, I will begin a short series of posts on the prophet Joel.

With that out of the way, I wanted to share something with you that took place in my local small group the other night. Two weeks ago our group anointed one of our members in prayer for an upcoming surgery to remove a kidney that appeared to be cancerous. The following Friday the surgery was completed, and last week it was confirmed malignant. The interesting thing was that the surgery was on Friday and he was in church on Sunday, and then subsequent tests revealed that there is no sign of any lingering cancer and he has, as I understand it, a clean bill of health.

Then last week, we again prayed with a member about a chronic knee condition, and by the following Sunday it was gone. The other night we were discussing how amazing our God is when His people pray big prayers with boldness and faith that he will keep his promises.

I really don’t have much more to say on the subject other than to ask a simple question:

If we believe that God answers prayer, and if we believe that God keeps His promises, then why do we spend so much of time doubting Him, and why are we surprised when He comes through?

And with that, I’ll say see you in a week or so, and have a great Thanksgiving!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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4 Responses to Random Ramblings: November 19, 2016

  1. Because there is more of Thomas in us then Paul.

  2. Pete says:

    We tend to be surprised when anything extraordinary happens. Healings like the ones you talked about above should not be surprising, but we don’t ordinarily see them, so they are. But what is wrong with being surprised? I like surprises!

    Now the doubt part – that’s a bigger issue. That explains why we aren’t surprised more often. But if we were surprised my often, these things would become more ordinary, and we would not be as surprised, nor would we doubt as much.

    Maybe this all means we should be praying more often!

  3. pipermac5 says:

    How many times did Jesus say, “Oh ye of little faith” after His disciples had witnessed SO many miracles, but were still surprised and amazed at what He could do? We don’t have the benefit of witnessing His miracles first-hand, so why should we be surprised that our faith is even more meager than theirs? Yes, we have their eye-witness testimonies, but…

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