MGHM Healing Brief, 12/13


Dead-End Traditions, 3

Defective notions about Godís relation to evil are often based on skewed readings of the Old Testament. In Isaiah 45:7, for instance, God "causes well-being and creates calamity." Does this mean that the Lord hands out good with one hand and evil with the other? Tradition has often assumed so.

But letís remember that thereís no calamity in heaven, where our Fatherís will is done perfectly. In order to create calamity (sickness, for instance), all God has to do is withhold blessing (healing, for instance). And He only does so because He refuses to work against Himself by rewarding our disobedience or locking us into spiritual babyhood.

That said, letís turn to a few more "stoppers" that get in the way of Godís healing power.

The Church tends to forget

Why, then, do so many serious Christians think sickness is Godís will? Because the Church tends to forget that Satan is still a poisonous presence in our world, and will be until Christ comes again. Bad health is always and only the devilís will, but unless the Church enforces its covenant right to wellness, disease is "just around the corner."

But even if disease isnít Godís will, doesnít He "permit" it for some higher purpose? Only in the sense that He permits the human race to sin and reap the consequences. Of course our troubles in this fallen world arenít always our own fault; often we reap the evil that other people have been sowing. But in any case, when God brings good out of evil Heís simply making the best use of a bad situation. Itís never true that He wants us sick "to teach us something."

God never wastes an opportunity

But how about Christians whose sickness brings them into a deeper relationship with the Lord? Again, the answer is that God never wastes an opportunity. If your child is flat on her back with flu, youíre in a position to share things with her that you canít when sheís on the run. But would you give her flu, or "permit" her to get it, for the sake of a deeper relationship? I donít think so.

What about sickness that glorifies God? To glorify God means to "manifest His excellences." Can we agree that Godís excellences are not manifested by sickness? Certainly God can be glorified in the midst of sickness, but thatís a different matter entirely.

Our Lord is our Healer

What about our duty to share in Jesusí suffering? Nowhere does the Bible suggest that Jesus was sick during His earthly walk. The Greek word for "suffer" (pascho) normally means "to endure," "to hang in there." Persecution is the issue, not sickness. Jesus endured persecution, and weíre called to endure it as necessary for His sake. This, and nothing else, is what it means to share in His suffering.

Dear ones, letís celebrate this holy season by making up our minds, once and for all, that God is always the way youíd expect the Father of Jesus to be--like Jesus (Hebrews 1:3). Our Lord is our Healer, and He never acts against His nature or violates His promises!

                                                                                     óMary 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 wayóspiritually, 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 healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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