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By Faith (Day 28)

Lenten Devotion – By Faith
Day 28, 16 March 2024

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” Hebrews 11:1, 3, 7

I went for a medical appointment at a polyclinic and was advised to go for a mammogram for the first time. I received the result weeks later which was not favourable and was referred to hospital for more tests. I prayed to God while waiting for the result outside the doctor’s room hoping the result will be fine. Unfortunately, the doctor confirmed that they found “calcification” or white spots in my breast and advised me to be admitted for a biopsy to obtain a histological diagnosis.

I felt very down and my imagination started running wild when I was told to come back for the biopsy result in two weeks. I did not inform my children about it. I kept telling myself that I did not wish to be a burden to my children when my husband is already a cancer patient. Each time the negative thoughts came, I prayed and kept telling myself that I could commit my worries to God, and he will take care of the rest. After a Sunday service, I approached Paster Barnabas and brother Kia Wang for prayer and the two words said to me were “Do not be anxious” and “Trust Him”.

Weeks later, an appointment was made to see the doctor and he revealed to me that the result was benign. It was indeed a relief and I felt a load just dropped off me. I reflected that if I had chosen to believe that God will see me through the darkness, then I should not doubt.

Hebrew 11 teaches us that faith is described as “the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” It is a mental “conviction” and a personal acceptance and reliance on what is believed. It confidently believes in God’s existence and power, moving us to build our lives upon His promises.

Margaret Onn🙏