“‘Aeneas,’ Peter said to him, ‘Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.’ Immediately Aeneas got up.” (Acts 9:34)
As a young adult I listened to quite a number of TV preachers on a regular basis, most of them were Charismatics who taught that God heals everybody all the time if the believer only has enough faith. Back then I did not take even an aspirin for a headache. It all sounded good to me.
But years later my health began to fail, numerous issues began to arise challenging my belief that God always heals all the time. It would take me years to come to grips with those teachings and to unravel the mystery of my numerous illnesses that would not go away just by praying for them to do so.
To me the issue came down to one thing–God is Sovereign. And no matter how well we may know the Bible, no matter how much we pray and can quote scriptures, God is in control of everything, including our health.
Once a pastor asked me what I needed healing of, and I told him that I did not need healing so much as I needed a new body. Thankfully, I know where I can get one, just as all believers will one day get a new body from the Lord.
You may think you do not have enough faith, and perhaps you are blaming yourself for your illness. I would encourage you to look up, to pray and believe–that whether healed, healing, or ill–your God is still in control.
He can heal, or He can give you grace and peace in your time of affliction. And He has something much better in store for you than temporary relief from your pain and difficult circumstances of the here and now.
Prayer: Dear Lord, heal us please! But if you don’t, then send comfort from the Holy Spirit as we await our new bodies. Amen.
About the Author
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is grateful for God’s healing, and for His comforting Spirit.
Have you blamed yourself for your illness? Have you felt that you are a failure because you have not been healed? Consider that we are temples of the Holy Spirit and God knows what is best in all circumstances.
This is “Before The Morning” with Josh Wilson. The words about holding on are touching and this is one of his official music videos with a story. May it bless you. -Lisa