When the Miracle Doesn't Come

I wrote an article earlier this week that was published here. This article describes how I was impacted for a time by false teaching from Word of Faith theology. I was told to claim certain scriptures (out of context) to break the curse of infertility. I was instructed to "hold onto faith" like it was some kind of magical weapon to wield in my struggle to get what I wanted. Though I felt convicted about the method and could not wholeheartedly subscribe to it, I am now even more convinced that this method is totally unbiblical and dishonoring to our sovereign Lord. Essentially, operating like a works-based effort, Word of Faith theology seems like a defiant rebellion against God when we should be praying, as Jesus prayed, "Thy will be done." 

Does that mean I have given up praying for a miracle? No. But I am "petitioning," not "claiming," because there is absolutely no biblical basis for me to claim a miracle in my situation.

After rejecting this false teaching, I have come to believe God is pointing my husband and I in the direction of adoption. This has made me wonder: if every couple with our struggle was granted a miracle (or continued to "hold onto faith" indefinitely), would there be as many couples considering adoption? We have to look at the big picture. God loves and cares for the desires of orphaned and abandoned children just as much (if not more!) as He cares for my desire to be a mother. He can work a miracle in arranging for our adoption (as He has done for countless others). There are so many beautiful miracle stories out there that are discounted (or not given nearly as much airtime) as the stories about physical healing. We need to recognize and glorify God for all of the many wonderful ways that He works, through both the joys and the sorrows of this life. 

Ultimately, this world is not our home and so whenever we experience dissatisfaction or unfulfilled longings we should remember and look forward to the promise we have in Christ that one day He will wipe away every tear. "There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain" (Rev. 21:4). I'm looking forward to that day. But for now we carry on in faith, trusting Him with all our unanswered questions and unresolved grief.

Psalm 68:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families,

    he leads out the prisoners with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.


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