The Bible is full of miraculous healings.
Jesus Christ performed many of them. He taught His disciples, and those who would follow, to heal the sick and afflicted. This is a real part of the Gospel, and it’s the definite work of his Kingdom.
I’ve personally seen legs lengthened and fevers ‘broken’ on several occasions. Obviously it changes life for the sick person, certainly! But it can also boost the faith of those who witness these miracles. I truly believe the Holy Spirit still works these wonders today. We must let him do these things. That isn’t an option.
Somehow though, there is the ‘understanding’ that in order to be healed you must have sufficient faith. Those who are not healed are the people who have a weak faith, they’re missing out somehow on a miracle because their faith didn’t measure up. I wonder though, how much faith was needed to wash in the pool of Siloam in John 5? But really, all that is needed is a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20).
Faith is an active component to many of the healings in Scripture. Jesus said to the blind man, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you” (Luke 18:42).
Yet we read of many believers in Hebrews 11 who endured sickness, and ill-treatment. We read of vicious brutality and persecution of these “people with faith.”
Not everyone who is sick will receive a physical healing.
- Epaphroditus was near death, (Phil 2:25-27)
- Trophimus left ill at Miletus, (2 Tim. 4:20)
- Timothy, given a remedy for stomach issues, (1 Tim. 5:23)
- Paul had to suffer his “thorn in the flesh,” (2 Cor. 12:7)
For believers today who suffer physically or mentally, we may question our faith. (Especially when the healing evangelist comes to town). After 2-3 tries we settle back on our “deficient’ faith feeling a bit miserable. I honestly don’t think that’s what the Lord wants.
It seems to me that the real issue is not so much a weak faith, but holding on to your faith when you are not healed.
I hear talk about having faith to be healed–but what about the faith that’s needed to be sick?
Why do we suffer illness? I believe that for many Christian believers sickness is to bring glory to God, Also, holding onto a faith in the midst of sickness and pain often encourages those who witness it. I believe that was Paul’s experience (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
Oh dear one, continue to seek a healing. The Spirit does these things today. But if you’re left in your illness, trust in Him still. All your ways end up in His nail-scarred hands of our Lord Jesus. When he greets you in heaven, you will know him by the scars.
“The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.”
–Henry Ward Beecher
(Check out my other blog on the Red Letters of Jesus. I post fairly regular there.)