It amazes me how fast we give up on God. When He doesn’t “come through” on our time frame or operate under our expectations, we throw up our hands and say “Oh well, wasn’t meant to be” or “must not be God’s will for me” or some other excuse that we come up with that causes us to give up on God’s word, which, by the way, is His truth. In a way, it’s giving up on God Himself.
Healing is one of the biggest and most divisive subjects in the church that this happens with all the time. We, as the church, have failed in so many ways regarding this issue. We have made up bad doctrine and false theologies out of our failures and then tell people “well, it must be God’s will for you to be sick then, oh He is chastening you because you’re in sin, He’s working out a character flaw, He’s testing your faith”…etc. etc…insert unscriptural diatribe here….. (I could write a whole dissertation on THAT subject, like if it’s God’s will for you to be sick, then don’t pray it away or seek a doctor because then you’d be in rebellion, refuting Paul’s thorn and Job’s boils, but that’s for another day….)
However, they will then quickly go to a doctor and will follow THEIR directions and instructions to the T. They’ll take the medicine religiously; they’ll read up on “their disease” and “educate themselves” about it, filling their heads with all the terms and technical jargon and statistics so that they can know all about it. It begs the question: did they do as much for God? Did they go and search and dig in the Word for His truths and promises and cling to them with as much dedication? Did they fill their heads and hearts with His truth so they can know all about that? Did they go after and seek God Himself, fellowship with Him, spend time in His Presence and get to know the One who created them? They can talk with all knowledge and authority about the sickness but can’t give one scripture regarding God’s will for their health and well-being. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
They’ll allow the doctors to poke, prod, cut open, take radiated pictures of their bodies, fill their bodies with man-made chemicals in HOPES that it will work, remove organs and parts…thereby becoming a torn apart and now lesser version of themselves, certainly not any longer how God created and intended them to be.
The success rate of doctors and medication is NOT 100%. Yet people STILL go despite the risks, of which there are many. They still take the medicine in desperation for some relief despite the side-effects or that they may have to be on it for life. So it’s basically managing symptoms, it’s not a remedy. If they were curative, you wouldn’t need to take them every day for months, years, or even for the rest of your life.
How sad for God, the Creator of our bodies, the One who breathed life into us, who knit us together in our mothers’ wombs, that we trust more in man and his ways than in God and His ways. How sad for Jesus who took our sin AND SICKNESS (Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 8:16-16; 1 Peter 2:24) upon Himself so that we could be freed from it in our redemption, that He seemingly took it for nothing when we continue to claim sickness and disease as our burden to bear. Did He not bear it for us? Would you dare look Jesus in the eye and tell Him, “Well, what You did wasn’t enough to cure what I have and to save me, but thanks anyway.” Would you say that to Him at the whipping post, blood-covered and unrecognizable, taking stripes for you?
Is it really so much easier to wait weeks for a doctor to see you for maybe an hour, someone who doesn’t really know you, who only hears what you tell them in that short time, then decides for you on your behalf what THEY think is best for you only to shove you out and please come back in 6 months for a checkup (and then have to pay hundreds of dollars for their advice and treatment that may or may not work) than to fellowship with and get to know the Great Physician who already paid for your healing…with HIS LIFE?? You’ve already been bought and paid for, as has your healing. It’s part of His benefit package when you sign up with Him (Psalm 103:1-5).
Jesus is available 24/7/365. You don’t need to make an appointment. It could be 3 in the morning and no one is around but if you seek Him, He will be there. He’s just waiting for you to take that step. A decent physician practices medicine to try to help people; Jesus the Great Physician heals people because He LOVES them and gave His life for them.
Let me say that again: GOD LOVES YOU. YOU. YES, YOU.
Which report would you rather hear?
One that says, “Well, we found something and we’re going to have to cut you open, poke around inside your body, remove pieces of you that are sick, stitch your skin back together and then give you medication that may or may not help you and comes with a variety of side-effects that could make you feel bad….”?
Or one that says, “You’re healed.” ??
I know which one I’d rather hear. And you can hear it every time you look in God’s word because that’s a promise He gave to us. Not only that, but one of His redemptive names is Healer, Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26). The Hebrew word rapha means: to mend (by stitching), to cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair thoroughly, make whole.
In the book “The Healing Creed” by Becky Dvorak she writes: “When we preach from human reasoning instead of truth found in scripture, people suffer. When we put all our faith in the doctor’s report in place of the Bible, miracles cease. When we trust secular psychology rather than heed biblical counsel, healing is hindered. We suffer from unanswered prayers when we give in to the world’s system of doubt and unbelief, but we can change that situation around.”
How many times did Jesus say to those who came to Him for healing “your faith has made you whole” or “be it unto you according to your faith”? So, whose report are you going to put YOUR faith in (Isaiah 53:1)?
(Please, read this carefully and thoughtfully, as I know messages regarding divine healing are very conflict-ridden and cause offense in a lot of people. Jesus offended a lot of people with it, too, but He loved people too much to be quiet for the sake of keeping the peace. No, I do not know it all, and yes, I do have my struggles, too, however we must staunchly refuse to let our situations override God’s Word. Our theology must never be circumstantial but must always line up with His word. I do recognize that everyone has their own convictions regarding faith and doctors and are in different places in their walks with the Lord and that the Lord can and does meet people where they are in their walk/faith because He is a loving Father who cares for His children.)
Some books to consider regarding this subject:
Christ the Healer – F.F. Bosworth
His Healing Power – Dr. Lilian B. Yeomans
Healing the Sick – T.L. Osborn
Jesus the Healer- E.W. Kenyon