When we don’t feel well or are sick, nothing seems to be a bigger deal than getting better. Returning to full health can preoccupy our mind. This is especially true for anyone facing a terminal illness. I would feel much the same way and have been blessed to not have any major disease in my life.
The other day I was thinking about divine healing. I asked God some tough questions because healing remains a mystery to me. Recently, a number of people in my church have experienced healing miracles.
I am overjoyed to see what the Lord has done. Yet I struggle with how to pray and help those who are close to me that have not been healed. This is a classic question that has been around for a very long time.
I want people to be healed and restored, but I also realize that God may have something better in mind than what I think is best. I am also concerned about people getting so excited about miracles that we focus on healing and not Jesus or His mission. Jesus warned about the dangers of seeking signs and wonders. He said, “It is a wicked and adulterous generation that seeks a sign.”
While thinking and praying about these things, I believe that the Holy Spirit impressed on me that there is a big difference between seeking a healing to be restored and looking for miraculous works so that we can see the spiritual fireworks. One is based on faith and a godly desire to allow God to redeem all of us. The other is faithless. It treats God like He is a puppet to perform for us. Sign seekers want something to brag about or to make them feel spiritual. Our motive and asking for a move of God can make all the difference.
Going even deeper into the issue of healing, I sensed that the Spirit wasn’t done with His message. I was reminded of how Jesus did more than just heal the body. Consider the following story:
Mark 2:1-7 (NIV) – “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’
“Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, ‘Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?'”
Jesus did more than just heal the man’s legs. He healed the man’s heart too. Many times God does a physical healing and then goes deeper to fix the things on the inside that others do not see. If all we go for is the physical healing and then stop, we may walk away from the operating table before God can do the more important work of inner healing.
Just like He did with the man in the story, Jesus can set us free from sin and the things that have caused us to rot on the inside. We have to let Him work though because God respects our free will.
Physical healings like what has happened at my church lately are precursors to a great move of God. The question is, “Do we have the faith to trust God for a deeper healing?”