Wisdom And Understanding In God's Healing Process

All believers in Christ can trust God in the midst of a challenging sickness or disease even to the point of death. Christians may even learn a lesson during the ordeal or after the sickness has passed. God may even decide to heal the individual and that is a huge part in Understanding God's Healing Process.

The decision to heal or not to heal someone's condition is totally in God's court because I have witnessed God answer "yes" and heal quickly, "no" but walk with them through it, and even "no" and take them home to be with Him in Paradise.

I look at the beating that Christ took before His crucifixion and I recognize the payment upon the Cross and think - what am I missing that I cannot claim physical healing every time? There has got to be a satisfactory answer because God's will is not always for us to be healed physically. That is hard for me to write and admit at first, but totally understandable in light of Him not answering my prayers and the prayers of others for healing. In addition, there is the misunderstanding of a certain Scripture.

"Isaiah 53:5, which is then quoted in 1 Peter 2:24, is a key verse on healing, but it is often misunderstood and misapplied. 

'But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.' 

The word translated “healed” can mean either spiritual or physical healing. However, the contexts of Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2 make it clear that it is speaking of spiritual healing. 

'He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed' (1 Peter 2:24). 

The verse is talking about sin and righteousness, not sickness and disease. Therefore, being “healed” in both these verses is speaking of being forgiven and saved, not physically healed.

The Bible does not specifically link physical healing with spiritual healing. Sometimes people are physically healed when they place their faith in Christ, but this is not always the case. Sometimes it is God’s will to heal, but sometimes it is not. The apostle John gives us the proper perspective: 

'This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him' (1 John 5:14-15). 

God still performs miracles. God still heals people. Sickness, disease, pain, and death are still realities in this world. Unless the Lord returns, everyone who is alive today will die, and the vast majority of them (Christians included) will die as the result of a physical problem (disease, sickness, injury). It is not always God’s will to heal us physically.

Ultimately, our full physical healing awaits us in heaven. In heaven, there will be no more pain, sickness, disease, suffering, or death (Revelation 21). Whether or not God grants us physical healing in this world, we can trust His goodness and focus our hope on heaven where we will no longer have to deal with physical problems. Revelation 21:4 describes the true healing we all long for: 

'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'"

So, where does that leave us? For me, there is not an issue of trust when approaching God about the challenging sickness or disease I am facing. When I surrendered my life, I surrendered my whole life and trust means I don't take any of the surrendered back. My struggle is with God withholding wisdom and understanding many times concerning the "why" of my experience.

I whole-heartedly believe if I had a grasp of this why part to the equation I could make sense of my suffering and accept it more. But I look at Job's life and am in awe at his response to all that happened to him. He lived before Christ and Christ's promises and yet said, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised." (Job 1:21)

The matter boils down to acceptance of God's sovereignty despite what outcome you may be praying for. Some would say that is reverting back to a trust issue. It may be, but I am after more as I accept and trust in His total control - I am pursuing Wisdom And Understanding In God's Healing Process.