Read Psalm 41:3
“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.”
“Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases…”
Psalm 103:2 – 3
Does God still heal people?
Let’s start by looking at just a couple of His promises.
First, we need to look at who this was written to – It was written to Israel (God’s children). So, does this apply to followers of Jesus Christ? I believe it does. The Bible tells us that Christians have been “in-grafted” into the family of God and become adopted children of God (Romans 11:11-24).
So how does God do the healing?
There are many ways, one of which would be direct healing.
Another way, which I’m familiar with, is by using doctors and other medical professionals and what we think of as modern medicine.
I’ve also seen how God uses other people to help in the healing process. This can be as simple as just taking a meal, visiting someone and certainly praying for people. I’ve experienced God’s love through the caring and service of just “ordinary” people.
So why doesn’t God heal all of His children?
Well, I don’t know.
But what I do know is we can trust in His love and His plan. I completely believe He can take anything and use it for His glory and the good of those who love Him.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who i have been called according to his purpose.”
I’ve seen how God can use the trouble in my life to help others. When people know you have been through or are going through something similar to what they are going through, you can often be a much more effective helper, encourager and prayer. I also find that I’m lifted up when I’m helping someone else.
Another “benefit” of not being healed right away is growing much closer to God. My trust in God has really increased as a result of a recent and serious illness. This has been especially true when I didn’t know if I was going to be healed.
Something else is how I view the focus and purpose of my life. I’ve wrestled with Paul’s view of his life. “To live is Christ and to die is gain”. I’m closer to understanding that statement on a personal level.
So, if you’re in need of healing, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual, please turn to Jesus. He went through much rejection and suffering so He can relate to your situation.
I believe He will lift you up.
If you’re doing well, please pray about who you can help and how.
You could be an instrument of God’s love!