Not to Wait on the Lord
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.
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.
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.
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
forget that . . .
God should be our
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
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here