MGHM Healing Brief, 9/14


How Not to Wait on the Lord

A few Briefs ago (last March) we discussed why healing by faith is normally a process rather than an event. First, the Lord isn’t Santa Claus; He has solid practical motives for addressing our problems one at a time instead of "zapping" us whole.

One reason we have to wait on Him (a part of the healing process most of us would rather skip) is that He has to answer our prayers without babying us. He loves to keep us healthy, but not at the expense of our maturity. Another reason is that we live in a spiritual war-zone. If God made us instantly whole in every respect, too often we’d be overwhelmed by the enemy’s counterattacks.

Dragging out the schedule

From our March discussion it should be clear that our Father doesn’t withhold healing to show us He’s boss, or for the sheer pleasure of making us wait, or for some other "mysterious sovereign" reason. When we ask for bread, He doesn’t give us a stone.

But here I want to emphasize our part in healing. God has solid reasons for making it a process, but we ourselves are far too good at dragging out the schedule. Much of what we consider patient waiting on the Lord has little to do with either the Lord or patience, and lots to do with plain old negativity.

Tempted to focus on the symptoms

When we’re standing against sickness (or any other problem), we’ll be tempted to focus on the symptoms. The devil will remind us that our friends and relatives are all shaking their heads, that the doctor is shaking his head, that great theologians don’t believe in healing by faith, that the scientific community considers our condition hopeless, that Uncle Ole and Aunt Lena died of the same thing (and they were model Christians, don’t forget . . .).

We’ll spend lots of time on the phone, sharing the sorry details with anyone who’ll listen. Our pastor will get an earful, along with our prayer group, our cousin Bertha, our relatives in Phoenix, etc., etc. We’ll glance at the afflicted body-part every fifteen minutes to see whether it’s getting better, and heave a sigh when it isn’t.

Get back on track

Our friends will be on hand, contributing their share. We’ll get lots of sympathy about how washed-out we look, how difficult our condition must be when we’re trying to hold a job, how exhausting it must be to mind the children when we can hardly get out of bed. And in return we’ll recite our symptoms in juicy detail: the headaches, the backaches, the drainage, the inability to remember what it was like to feel good.

Net result: the healing process will grind to a halt. The antidote: get back on track by keeping things simple and sticking to our confession of healing "no matter what." First Peter 5:7 is a blanket invitation to turn our anxieties over to the Lord, whether we’re sick or well. So whenever we’ve prayed for healing and our trouble keeps coming to mind, let’s just thank God that He’s taking care of it and turn our attention to other things.

                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

Printable version here

More Healing Briefs here


"God's Word Brings Our Healing"