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Most of us would agree that life is better when we’re healthy. When we encounter health issues, we have various options on how to deal with them, but not all options will yield the same results. A bad doctor’s report can throw some people into a panic; they may even go to God and ask Him if it’s His will for them to be healed. His answer to this is a definite yes.
A doctor’s number one goal is to restore us to good health, but human expertise always has its limitations. If we get sick, one option we have is to rely solely on the doctor, without bringing God into the mix; this is where things could get dicey. During Jesus’ ministry, the woman who suffered with the bleeding disorder got no results by relying only on human aid, but received healing when she went to Jesus. “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague” (Mark 5:25-29). There’s nothing wrong with physicians and medical care, but without faith in God’s ability to heal, nothing will happen.
Not only can God heal, but He wants to heal; He’s not simply an impersonal God looking down from heaven in a detached manner. When Jesus was traveling from town to town, a leper came to Him with some doubt as to whether healing was His will. “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew 8:2, 3, NKJV). When we trust in God for our healing, “if” is never an issue.
We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that we must somehow “deserve” healing. God heals by His grace, which is undeserved, unearned favor toward us; when we believe this, miracles happen. The centurion soldier acknowledged he didn’t deserve healing for his servant, yet he professed his faith anyway. “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed… And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour” (Matthew 8:8, 13). God’s willingness to heal is independent of our behavior.
Assuming that sickness is God’s way of punishing us is wrong-thinking; that’s not His nature. The God who offers us forgiveness for all our sins is the same God who has made healing available to us. He actually went to cross, bled, and died so that we could enjoy perfect health. “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NLT). When we have faith in what God did for us, illness doesn’t stand a chance.