Is The Healing Going to Come?
Have you ever asked this question? Do you sometimes doubt God’s love for you? Are you sometimes flustered, depressed or even angry because the healing you or your loved ones need does not seem to be taking place?
Well, God has a purpose for your present and a hope for your future. God does not just bring us through our sufferings, but He works in us. But what if the healing doesn’t come when I expect it to? Well, our hope is not in the comfort, relief or healing here. More than that, God is our hope, and eventually when we return to Heaven, there will no longer be pain; there will no longer be tears, but rejoicing!
Psalm 103:3 (NET)
He is the one who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases.
What God is teaching me today through this verse is that, when there is healing of a sickness that takes place in our lives, it is from Him, and Him alone. So you may ask, “If God loves me, why doesn’t He heal me?” Not all prayers for healing are answered ‘yes, now’ by God. He may say ‘yes, not in the way you expect’ or maybe ‘yes, later’.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Here is Paul saying that he was given ‘a thorn in the flesh’ so that he would not become conceited. And notice that he pleaded with the Lord three times to remove it, but instead God comforted him and gave him strength to sustain him through it. Now this is the hope we have in God: that if He has not healed us of our diseases, it may mean that He is working an even greater healing in us, and He will give us sufficient grace as we go through the process.
There’s a song called ‘Blessings’ and part of the lyrics goes like this:
‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise
These words so beautifully describe that we sometimes go through certain pains in our lives that are a part of God’s plan for us and He knows what He is doing in them. He doesn’t go ‘Oops’ or ‘What have I done?’ He is sovereign over ALL matters in our lives and He is in control. There is nothing too trivial for Him to overlook. If anything matters to us, it matters to Him.
Sometimes God wants to discipline and develop us through our pain.
Hebrews 12:7 (ESV)
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Maybe at the moment, God is working through your suffering to mold you into a more humble person. Or it could be because your desire is hindering your walk with God, He wants to draw you back to being completely satisfied and contented in Him.
Hebrews 12:11 (ESV)
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
I used to have good desires in my life, however, they became greater than what God desired for me. It was really through His taking away those selfish desires and His discipline that He revealed more of Himself to me. It was such a beautiful experience and I never felt so contented in God before. Do I still have my plans and desires? Yes. But they can no longer compare to the greatness and love of God in my life. I have learnt to count all things as loss compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus as my Lord (Philippians 3:8).
What I pray that all of us would take away from this devotional today is that, God works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). ‘All things’ mean the good and the undesirable. It tells us that in all undesirable happenings, God’s purpose remains good. Even when bad things happen to us, His plan for us is a good one. God loves us not by giving us what we want; He loves us by giving us the best. Therefore take heart, for God tells us that even though our outward man is perishing, our inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Right now in this moment, the Holy Spirit in you is molding your heart to become more like Christ, so rejoice!
“Dear Heavenly Father, I am thankful that You know my thoughts and You receive my tears and turn them into joy. Help me to be assured of Your love, that everything You do is for my good. Let me know You more as my Father, as my Comforter and my Healer. Take away anything that is drawing me away from You. I surrender everything in complete abandon to You. Take me into Your arms, O God. Satisfy me with Your steadfast love. I trust in Your plan for me because I know it is the best for me. Thank You, Jesus! In Your Name, I pray. Amen.”