For a while now, I’ve wanted to write a post on healing, but haven’t been quite sure how to approach it. There’s *lots* I could say on the subject, but I just want to talk about one thing that I’ve come to realize, for now.
There are numerous examples in the Bible of God as ‘Healer’. Examples which transcend “regression to the mean” explanations (wherein people got better apparently “with Jesus’ help” because people recover from illnesses anyway, rather than because He healed them). There is evidence of “miraculous healing” in the Bible:
He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” John 9 v 11 (NIV)
Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7And the man got up and went home. 8When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men. Matthew 9 v 6-8 (NIV)
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2[….] 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Mark 3 v 1 and 5 (NIV)
One message that seems to come from these stories, is that those who had faith in God’s healing powers were healed. I believe that God can heal. When I was younger, I used to pray for healing. Twenty-four years later, I still have the disability. Indeed, in some ways it is worse now than it was when I was a child.
Why won’t God heal my disability? Why does He insist that I live with it? Knowing that God is Healer, that He could heal the disability if He wanted to is hard. He is asking me to live with it. I guess that means that I still must have more to learn of Him through my disability. What, I don’t know. That’s my thought, anyway. Other views welcome.