Weighing the evidence of spiritual healing

Weighing evidence is often perplexing. When the final decision bears upon large questions of human welfare, sifting through evidence can be a lonely endeavor. And often an honest person willing to do such work has to fight against feelings of being all alone.

But when we turn to the Scriptures, we see that many spiritual breakthroughs and revelations came in moments of solitude. Moses found God alone in a desert. Jacob, without others looking on, wrestled with the deepest issues of his life, with his conscience, and with years of decisions in order to obtain God's blessing and his own peace of mind. Elijah, hated and scorned, prayed for death as an escape when no one was there to give comfort or sympathy, but instead he found God and renewal in his solitary exile.

November 10, 1986

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