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Question and Answer

When I was diagnosed as suffering from clinical depression, I asked the therapist, “Why does not God intervene?” She said, “He does! The staff and I are His intervention.” What do you think?

 I am inclined to agree with her. God works through people, and if she and her staff helped you, as you clearly imply in your letter, you can take the help as from the Lord and thank Him.

In response to King Hezekiah’s mournful prayer when he was told that he was dying, God granted him fifteen more years of life. The king would recover, but only through the ministrations of a prophet sent by God. The prophet Isaiah ordered that a poultice of figs be applied to Hezekiah’s nearly fatal boil, and Hezekiah recovered. Obviously, the Lord stopped the king’s lurching toward death. But He didn’t just say “Get well!” He sent Isaiah with a few figs for medical intervention (Isa. 38:21–22).

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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