Day 64 – Willing To Heal?
On: January 3, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. [Luke 5:12-15]

Willing. Small word, enormous implications. “Are you willing?” begged the man “Yes” replied Jesus and healed him. Great for the man and an encouragement to all who witnessed it. Hallelujah!

But what has happened where someone asks (through prayer) but is not healed? For this will be the case in many, if not the majority of instances. Is Jesus not willing?  I have looked at 3 passages for guidance on this tricky issue. All three recognise that suffering, whilst undesirable, is part of being human in a fallen and broken world. But all look beyond the suffering to a higher goal: loving and serving the One who Himself accepted suffering that He might identify with ours and give us ultimate release from it. The King walked in our footsteps.

He knows,  He understands.

Whilst, this side of heaven, I guess we will never know why some of us are healed and some not, suffering, in all it’s forms, acts as a litmus test to show us who is most important in our lives: me or Him? It’s relatively easy to be outward and upward looking when things are going well. Considerably less so, when we’re under pressure. One thing’s for sure: this is a tough issue, and there are no easy answers. However, to suggest that, if God doesn’t heal me, He doesn’t care about me, flies in the face of the evidence. The oft heard phrase “I can’t believe in a God who allows suffering” chooses to ignore the fact that God’s own Son suffered unjustly for us all.

The King walked in our footsteps. He knows, He understands

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)

Job had everything – family, land, wealth – and then had it all taken away. In spite of much anguish and questioning, Job held on to God.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12).

James, grappling with the persecution suffered by the early church, recognises that, if we are to walk in Jesus’ footsteps we will experience trials as he did. To persevere in spite of them shows us worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all

the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

The Apostle Paul has prayed for relief from an unspecified ailment or obstacle. No relief is given and Paul accepts that it is God’s will that the problem remain to remind him of his human weakness at a time when he was experiencing amazing divine revelation.

Prayer:

Father God, please grant me acceptance of Your plan for my life, whether it includes  healing or not. Amen.

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