WOW - Lisa, I joined because of you and one of the first forums I looked at is by you!
Here’s how I feel about it. For a while I prayed constantly that God would heal my daughter completely, however, although I trust God completely, she still has diabetes. I truly and with all my heart believe that God is an all powerful, loving God. And yes, He heals. However, He also does not make mistakes. Well, I was struggling with “why doesn’t he heal her when I’ve prayed and trusted?” Then the Lord lead me to this passage… - . In the Bible (John 9:1-15), Jesus was walking with his disciples when they came upon a man that was blind from birth and the disciples asked Him “Master, who did this sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” And Jesus replied, " Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." God allows us to have weaknesses, sickness and sorrow for a reason - to glorify Him. I feel that God has allowed my daughter to continue to have diabetes so that she can trust in him, and use that as a witness for others who do not believe. So now, my prayer has changed - now I pray that she will grow stronger in the Lord and allow it to lead others to Jesus because of her diabetes. Not only does God NOT make mistakes, there is a big misconception about faith healing. “For by Grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesian 2:13) Therefore, it is not OUR great faith that heals. We have no power to do that, Only God, with His power and HIS will - will heal. I could completely believe that I can move a chair by my faith, and it will still not happen, only God can do miracles, and just because I believe that, doesn’t mean that it is His will to do it. Like in the passage I quoted, God allowed the blindness to happen so that HE could be glorified. We have faith when we accept the illness and trust God to lead us through it. We find the Holy Spirit when we accept that we can no longer do things on our own and that it can only be done through Him. One of my favorite verses is this - “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen” - Hebrews 11:1. I believe that God is in control, that he will walk beside my daughter and our family through all the hardships of diabetes. I believe that “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to HIS purpose.” (Romans 8:28). And finally, I believe that it is His purpose is for Alexa to have Diabetes - with all the ups and downs and bad sugars, etc, and because its His purpose, and she loves God, that it will all work out for good - hers and His.
So, I think what your dad is saying is disturbing - its sounds faithful, and perhaps it is, but like I said, faith is also trusting completely that God wil see you through the hard times, not just remove you from them. And if it became an issue with her, that you should just explain it to her that God has a reason for her to have diabetes, and she has to trust in God herself that He will be with her throughout her life and that’s how she can trust Him. Your dad doesn’t understand that the crazy numbers are all a part of diabetes with children - it only stresses the reality of it.