So we live in a fallen world, and people get sick. But God wants us well. There's a disconnect there. Maybe we could say there's a battle. Of course I want to be on God's team, but sometimes I can't help looking at the scoreboard and seeing that we're losing.
Here's where faith comes into play. Faith is that mysterious component that separates believers from tire kickers. It's the thing I struggle with most with my non-believing friends. It's something I want so much for them but will never be able to offer; because faith doesn't come from me. Faith comes from surrender. It means I will believe and trust in something even if I can't see it with my eyes.
When we flip a light switch we demonstrate faith. I don't really have a clue how electricity works, how it's delivered to my home, or how it illuminates the light bulb that enables me to see my keyboard right now. But I know it works. Any believer would describe their faith in the same way.
So when I look at the world's scoreboard, the one that's telling us that half of you reading this will get sick with cancer in your lifetime, it doesn't matter. The game is already over. God wins. Of course you and I have to keep playing - meaning there's still time on the clock. But I know through faith that we've already won. It is finished. Isn't that how Jesus put it just before he died on the cross?
Since there's still time on our clocks, and because there's still a lot of sick people, I'm gonna keeping fighting - fighting for life. Abundant life at that!
Are you in?