On Sunday we had a visiting evangelist come and preach for us, and God blessed His people in a mighty way. He certainly blessed me mightily, and I sure am thankful for it. This past Friday, I reluctantly went to the doctor after having a cough for two months that I could not shake. The doctor felt I had some kind of infection and prescribed an antiobiotic but also wanted me to get a chest x-ray. I went and got the x-ray, picked up the antibiotic and went home. The next afternoon, a message was left on my cell phone that the doctor wanted me to come back for another x-ray. Guess what I did in my mind? I freaked out!! Now, I know I’m supposed to trust God, but all kinds of imaginations of worse case scenario began to try to embed themselves in my mind. I told my husband about the phone call and we prayed together before I went to get my second x-ray. All through that day, I went back and forth between feeling like I trusted God to having to cast down imaginations of the worst sort. I felt really lousy when I first got up on Sunday and wondered if I’d even be able to sing for worship service. After a while, I felt better and was able to get ready and make it to church. The evangelist preached concerning revelations from the book of Job. He brought up so many things in Job that I had not seen before. He talked about how God basically picked a fight with satan by saying, “Have you considered my servant Job?” God had confidence in Job that whatever He might allow satan to throw Job’s way, Job would be faithful and come through it. Next, the evangelist mentioned that satan never told Job what he was going to do to him. He just did it. The Bible compares satan to a roaring lion in I Peter 5:8. Although a lion’s roar may sound scary, it really can’t hurt anyone. Sometimes satan can “roar” in our minds, telling of terrible things that are going to befall us. That’s all it is is a roar. If he could really do what he is suggesting to you, he wouldn’t bother telling you, he would just do it. Wow! That really struck home with me, and I couldn’t help but get out of my seat and scream, dance, shout and worship the Lord! No matter what the results of my x-rays, I knew that God had His hand on me, and I was going to trust Him.
I want to share one more thing that was said that really stuck with me. When Job’s wife told him to “curse God and die”, she really did him a favor. I’ve heard a lot of preachers in the past portray Job’s wife as husband hater/God hater. This evangelist believes that Job’s wife really did love Job, but because of all she had lost and all of the things that she had seen her husband suffer, she perhaps thought that death would be the most merciful thing that could happen to him. He imagined Job saying to his wife, “Do you really think that’s true? Do you think if I curse God, I will die?” Do you know what Job did? He did the opposite of what his wife told him to do. He blessed God AND HE LIVED!!! I thought that was so awesome.
Tuesday, I got a call from the doctor’s office. My x-rays came back normal. Praise the Lord! Perhaps something did show up on my x-ray, and God healed me. I don’t know, but I do believe God can heal our bodies even before we know something is wrong with them. When we make it to heaven, I believe we’re going to be mighty surprised when God reveals to us all the times He has touched us and kept us from things when we had no idea we were even in danger. He is truly an awesome God!