Posted by: myroadtoemmaus | April 15, 2008

Part 1. God still heals??

Part 1.  God still heals??

It’s not that I ever did not believe that God still heals people.  It’s just that, well, I had never really seen it.  Therefore, I would view sickness, disease, or even pain in the body as simply that which we must endure.  After all, it’s a broken world, I would say. 

This all changed a few months ago when I saw an older Korean woman put down her “crutches” and walk without pain across the floor in front of me.  She had been using these crutches/braces for months and could not walk without them.  Just like that, every intellectual idea and doctrinal argument that I had formulated in my mind about the power of God crumbled at my feet.  When something comes down from Heaven, the power of religious arguments is diffused on the spot.  It’s beautiful, really.   

The truth is- God loves to heal.  If we were originally created without any sickness and disease and if we know that one day, there will be no sickness and disease, why do we convince ourselves that we must simply bear it?  Why do we think that God has given us these little trials to make us stronger?  What lies!  God is good!!  Hence, Jesus’ ministry began as He traveled through the regions, “healing every disease”. 

I have had the privilege of being able to pray for many people, these past few months, who are sick or suffering from pain in their bodies.  I sit and listen to them share what is wrong.  Then, we call on the Lord, together, to come and touch their body.  It is by the wounds of Jesus that we are healed (Isaiah 53).  He did not die merely so that we could be forgiven.  He subjected Himself to torture on the way to the cross so that our bodies could be healed.  So, we take communion, and ask for the mercy of God.  Many times, the person walks away feeling less or no pain.  Many more times, the condition remains the same.  The tendency is to give up.  Most of us know this tendency all too well. 

Although God can and does still heal in our day, there are so many situations where we, as believers, pray and do not see the result of our prayers.  If you know me at all, you know that this has been the primary hang-up for me for the majority of my life.  “Why, God?” have been two of my most frequently uttered words in prayer.  This remains a mystery to me. 

However, to form a theology based on what is seen is dangerous.  Sure, it soothes our conscience when someone dies and it frees us from the agonizing pain of hope deferred.  (ie praying and believing and trusting wholeheartedly for someone to be healed and then watching that person slip away…. hope deferred makes the heart sick says the writer of proverbs).  But that theology will also weaken our prayers in the long run and taint our perception of the Lord. 

I would much rather construct a theology, or even just a paradigm if you will, rooted in the nature and character of God– seen through Jesus as He walked this earth.  “Therefore, we fix our eyes on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary.  What is unseen is eternal” (2 corinthians 4).  So, the journey continues.  There are dozens of thoughts in my mind about this topic but in order to keep these posts short and sweet, I’ll leave it at that.  Bottom line:  God still heals.  Hallelujah.

 

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