Patient in bed 1: Why is it that God allows such terror and strife to happen. You have the persecution of Christians in the middle east, violence at schools where little kids die, and wicked people terrorizing those who aren't the same religion as they are. If there is a God, why would he allow such things to happen?
Patient in bed 2: Even Christians who have had their churches destroyed, and their friends killed because they are Christians, still continue to believe.
Patient in bed 1: True.
Patient in bed 2: Habakka 1: 2-3 says:
O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.Patient in bed 1: That just proves my point.
Patient in bed 2: Habakka 2: 2-3 says:
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.Patient in bed 1: (smiling) Very impressive.
Patient in bed 2: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. That was Habakka 2:4.
Patient in bed 1: I'm very impressed that you can remember all that.
Patient in bed 2: Even when things seem unjust, there is always an end that we do not see. Those who continue to have faith in the Lord despite adversity will eventually have the answers revealed to them.
The patient in bed 1 and I are just sitting there impressed.
Patient in Bed 2: Another passage is Luke 17: 5-10:
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”Patient in Bed 1: "Does that mean that a man who has Faith trusts that the Lord knows what he is doing?
Patient in Bed 2: "Exactly."
As it turns out the patient in bed two was a retired priest who was vacationing when he got sick. Regardless, he has a stunningly accurate memory. I ended up in the room for several hours bantering with these two impressive gentlemen. This is one of my favorite parts of this job, and one of the advantages of working for a small town hospital.
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