For I, the Lord, Heal You
By Jim Lynn
"...For I, the Lord, heal you."
With those words recorded in Exodus 15:26,
God proclaims to man the source of all healing...Himself!
Healing is not found in a bottle or pill,
it's not found in some far off new age or medical
technique...Healing is found only in the living God, the One
who knit our bones together. Only God knows how to heal in
body, spirit and soul. Only He has made for our every
All throughout Old Testament Scripture the
same message is echoed...
"The Lord will keep you free from every
disease." (Deuteronomy 7:15)
"Praise the Lord...who forgives all your
sins and heals all your diseases." (Psalm 103:2, 3)
"Trust in the Lord and lean not on your
own understanding...This will bring health to your body and
nourishment to your bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8)
"Listen closely to my words...for they
are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole
body." (Proverbs 4:20-22)
"...by his wounds you have been
healed (I Peter 2:24)
But we are a stubborn lot, aren't we? We've
looked under every rock and have searched the collective
knowledge of man to find healing, all the while ignoring God's
Word. Oh, no...I'm not speaking about pagans here, I'm talking
about born again Christians.
Christians today are bombarded with
television commercials on the virtues of prescription drugs for
every malady from A to Z. The evening news frequently tells us
of some new surgery technique, or medical scientific
breakthrough that promises to make life better for us all. The
message is that modern medicine has an answer for whatever ails
us...and the message works.
Church denominations, once known as centers
for healing, today routinely relegate healing to medical
professionals in the secular world. The word "secular" means
"Without God", by the way. It's sad, because secular medicine
treats man as any animal, subject only to proven scientific
For Christians, the problem is especially
agonizing. On the one hand they have faith in God, but struggle
to know His will in their lives. They want to believe God's
promise of healing, but have become so conditioned to how we do
church, they pay little attention. For there is little
discussion on the subject of healing from a biblical
perspective in our churches.
We know God's Word is living, but how do we
reckon with passages that seem so...so out of this world to
believe? When God says He will heal us of disease and sickness,
does He mean literally? And if so, how is this possible in
today's age of rampant chronic illness?
After all, we reason, if modern medicine
cannot stop the spread of chronic illness, why hasn't God done
it for us?
Modern medicine can be a wonderful tool for
healing when applied correctly. But have you ever considered
that modern medicine can also be a curse, an abomination unto
the Lord? Healing is the most sought after commodity on earth.
So it is sad when mankind looks everywhere but to the one
source who provides it.
Christians know God has conquered death and
they share the hope of the resurrection. What we do not know is
God's Word provides healing in body in the here and now (Isaiah
53:4-50. He has said, His Word brings health to our body and
nourishment to our bones. The problem is not that God said it,
but rather how little we believe it or apply it.
If we believe God has overcome death on our
behalf, can we not believe His Word can heal our body when we
are overcome with a life-threatening illness? Likewise, while
God's Word brings health to our bones, we need to know
ignorance of His Word brings death (Hosea 4:6).
Many Christians today are challenged to grow
in truth and knowledge of God's Word. May you be blessed by God
with wellness, and grow in His riches.
Jim Lynn is the publisher of God's Healing
Word (a free newsletter) and author of The Miracle of Healing in
Your Church Today.