Healing comes through many avenues
It can manifest in the form of doctors with western medicine, all natural herbs and remedies, lifestyle changes, or a pure miracle of God. No matter the way, I believe that all healing comes through God.
I will declare every day of my life that Jesus took my sickness and death in His body, and nailed it to the cross right along side my sin. I receive my healing because of what He did at Calvary. “By His stripes, I am healed.”
But, you know, I’ve never really had to put that part of my faith to the test until now.
Enter, Chronic Disease
Recently, one of our kids was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Since the diagnosis, we have been slammed with test after test to help determine the right treatment plan. We’ve found ourselves watching for the smallest symptoms, questioning past medical problems, learning a whole new vocabulary, and researching the best treatment plans.
We’ve prayed for healing and the right direction to take. We praised God that His timing was perfect, since He had just planted us right in between two of the best hospitals in the nation. He led us to a neurologist who I put my full trust in. But then, as the weeks passed by, I found myself feeling somewhat like I had betrayed God by putting our kiddo through all of these tests, and not simply waiting for a miraculous healing to manifest.
After a particularly challenging day last week, I found myself asking God if I was walking in doubt and unbelief? I cried out to Him with questions like, “I know you said he has already been healed, so why am I still taking him to the doctor? Scheduling these tests and juggling our schedules to get him to them is overwhelming, when will it end? Do I really need to have him on this medicine every single day? Why is he still having these symptoms if he is healed? Is he getting worse, or am I going crazy? How long will all of this last? Am I denying your truth by trying to seek his healing in the world?”
Those questions really troubled my heart. Maybe you’ve been there too?
God came through for me, like He always does in His time. He reached right down from Heaven to comfort me in my time of trouble. Instead of letting me get all wrapped up in worry and fear, He brought the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed to my mind.
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Here’s what I took away
The men seek Jesus first for healing.
- I need to seek Jesus first for all of our healing needs, too.
Jesus sends them to the priests.
- The priests during that time were very similar to our doctors today since the priests were the ones who had the power to declare someone “clean” or healed. Proof that sometimes Jesus does in fact use doctors as an avenue for declaring our healing to the world.
The men obey, and THEN their healing manifests.
- I need to listen for what God is specifically speaking to our situation, and obey. If He says to see the doctor, then I will go. If He says to stay, then I will stay, trusting in Him all the way, no matter how long it takes.
The man who returned praised God loudly.
- When he came back shouting praises to the Lord, you better believe the crowd witnessed that moment and it brought glory to God! I too will praise the Lord during the entire journey, which will in turn bring glory to God. And anytime I bring glory to God, I will trust that He uses that moment to reveal Himself to someone who desperately needs Him, like maybe a doctor, or someone following our journey!
Jesus healed all 10 men, but only says to ONE that his faith has made him well.
- Isn’t that just like God? He has compassion on all people, whether they realize it or not. God heals them all by way of the priests regardless of how big, small, or even non-existent their faith is. But to the one, He says YOU’VE been healed because of your faith in me! Gosh, don’t you think that if we live out our faith like that, then when our judgement day comes, we’ll get to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”? I sure hope so!
- And what if its possible that the other 9 were healed by default simply because they were fortunate enough to be in the presence of someone whose faith was activated? I am so blessed knowing that people around me are touched by the hand of God simply because I walk by faith.
The moral of the story
God does in fact use doctors as a way to bring healing. The Scripture didn’t say how long it took for the healing to manifest, but it does say that the men had to obey before that happened and go show themselves to the priests. Then it makes a perfect case for the idea that God used the priests to bring glory to Himself, and point people back to Christ. God can and will use our doctors for the same beautiful purposes!
Blessings and love,
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