When one is comfortable with themselves in their relationship with God expect provocation. Hannah Samuel’s mother was provoked by her rival. She did not defend herself but took her injury to God. She is a type for the bride of Christ who is ridiculed by this world. They wonder if God has blessed you as you say why are you barren, where are your children? This is an assault upon your identity. How does it differ from the temptation of Christ? Whose report will you believe the worlds or the Lord’s who calls you His bride? Hanna was comforted because she sought God’s work on the matter. Samuel was the result. What a great treasure he was and what a powerful and timely intrusion on the works of the devil. Your calling is no less, let God’s view of life control you spirit and direct you will.
My sister now battles her 3rd bout with cancer. As I witness her struggle the greatest warring is over her identity. Because she is too ignorant of God’s view of her she is easily moved by every medical report or worldly advice. She doesn’t even know she’s entitled to healing. How sad to be robbed by deceit. Questions that should never be asked plague her mind. Why does God heal some and not others? Question of this ilk, can you see the identity crisis in the question? She measures herself against others because she doesn’t know how God views her. We have all done this but can we stop and recognize it for what it is?
Why does cancer kill the Christian? Tragic to say but if you knew the answer you would destroy the question. I will say that truth can be possessed but not without truth leading you to it. The journey determines the destination and the destination determines the journey. They are inseparable. Provocation on the journey can hide the destination from your sight; Faith sight begins at the destination and reaches back over the entire journey. Anything less is blindness. Open your spirit that you might see who you really are!