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With our busy lives and the constant demands on our time, health is something we rarely stop to think about. We may take for granted that our bodies will always work the way they’re supposed to. Even when we fall ill with something, we expect to eventually be healthy again and we’re grateful for our recovery. However, those of us who look past the doctors and medicines know who the true source of healing is.
There’s nothing wrong with consulting physicians, but as limited human beings, there’s only so much they can do. They can promote healing, but they aren’t the source of it; healing only comes from Jesus Christ. There have been instances n doctors we forced to admit there was nothing more that could be done for someone who was terminally ill. However, things change when God gets involved in the situation. “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave” (Psalm 107:19, 20, NIV).
God’s will is found in His Word, and healing is His will for us. He loves us and wants the best for us; sickness and health issues don’t figure into the equation. During Jesus’ ministry, when a leper wondered if healing was His will, Jesus’ response was swift and direct. “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).
Jesus healed plenty of others, as well. “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick” (Matthew 8:16, NKJV). None of those who were healed were perfect; the only requirement to receive healing was faith in His ability to do so. When we’re struggling with health issues, we may have the mistaken notion that our past mistakes disqualify us from receiving healing from Jesus. However, we should never minimize the power of believing that He wants us back in perfect health.
Some people think that they’re sick because God is punishing them for something they did; that’s wrong-thinking. God isn’t mad at us or out to “get” us. He wants to show us His mercy and compassion; restoring us to health that’s even better than before has a way of getting our attention. “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14). Jesus healed then, and He’s still healing now.
Doctors are committed to helping us get well, and God is well able to work through them. However, our faith shouldn’t stop with their efforts to restore our health. Jesus easily healed the woman with the issue of blood, after doctors had unsuccessfully tried to heal her. “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour” (Matthew 9:20-22). When trusting in doctors doesn’t get the job done, faith in Jesus Christ—the Great Physician—never fails.