Our health is paramount. If we do not have good health – and yet we are not depressed – not being depressed isn’t as good as not being depressed in good health.
Now then – I will untangle the above. As I’m in danger of not understanding it myself (sic).
Health – to be healthy in body, but depressed in mind. Far from ideal I’m sure you will agree.
But to have an unhealthy body and an unhealthy mind is more worthy still, of our sympathy and empathy.
Jesus met an innumerable amount of needs, only a small fraction of which, is recorded in Scripture.
We read on occasions that ‘He healed all…’ We often don’t know how many made up the ‘all’. (But a multitude).
But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
(This is a phenomenal fact if we can only take it in)!
But on one occasion ‘back home on the farm’ – He decided to heal only a few. Because of the unbelief and rejection of his divinity.
Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
So when we ask the question ‘Why does He not heal everyone today?’ The starting place in searching for an answer is ‘unbelief’ – the kind that rejects His Divinity.
Unbelief in Christ is rejection of Christ. At least on this occasion. At other times his disciples exercised little or no necessary faith. But – they did not reject Him.
Faith is difficult to pin down. It cannot be boxed into a definition. It cannot be squeezed into a formula that is 1-2-3, do-this-then-that and every time – you will have success.
So as a result of their struggle to understand faith – many abandon the idea of having faith and so abandon Christ.
Faith comes – it isn’t always here – it comes to us. We could write post after post after post on the subject.
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It comes through hearing God’s Word – i.e. God speaking to you or me. Whether God speaks directly by using another, as in preaching, or by giving a night vision/dream, or by speaking in an audible voice or by an open vision – or by using the Bible someone has opened and is reading – but God will and does speak to the individual heart.
For that to happen we need to open the book in the first place – and when we meditate on it – by so doing, it gives permission (as it were) to God to speak to us.
Does He need our permission? Yes and no – but It certainly helps!
To give Him permission to speak to you – is an act of faith.
More faith follows because we read His thoughts and that activates the revelation of faith to our innermost being.
But the worst kind of unbelief is to ignore Jesus Christ completely.
All other shortcomings of faithlessness – can be forgiven, to those who ask.
But the unbelief that rejects Him completely, is the unbelief that is not asking for forgiveness, nor hoping for eternal life through Jesus Christ The Lord.