Do you believe God can heal you or a loved one? After reading Scripture’s many accounts of miraculous healings, maybe you feel disappointed that He hasn’t answered your request. Or perhaps exaggerations of recoveries that later proved false cause you to doubt whether He still restores health today.
God used miraculous signs to authenticate Jesus as the Messiah.
So, what are we to believe? The only way to sort all this out is to see what the Bible teaches. Since a large part of Jesus’ ministry involved healing, we may be tempted to assume it is always His will that we be healthy. Yet God used miraculous signs to authenticate Jesus as the Messiah. And the apostles were also given supernatural gifts to prove that their message was from God. As time progressed, however, Paul left a friend sick at Miletus (2 Timothy 4:20). And when he prayed for removal of his own “thorn in the flesh,” God revealed it was given to keep him humble (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Miraculous healing is, clearly, given or withheld according to the Lord’s purposes. And His top priority is our spiritual health. Yet God encourages us to pray for physical restoration, and at times He still miraculously heals. What’s more, we must realize that while prayer is to be our first response, God also works through doctors and medicine.
Let God’s Word and Spirit guide your thoughts as you contemplate His perspective on healing. It’s my prayer that these devotions will offer encouragement and help you gain insight.