Healing is a hot topic worldwide. Not only among Christians, but also among other groups in society, people have to deal with illnesses and ailments and that is why the concept of healing comes into play.
First, let’s discuss the concept of healing.
The concept of healing is a broad concept. Healing can be interpreted as “recovery” to “healthy” or “original” state. Here I am not talking about fighting symptoms but eliminating the “cause” of the disease or ailment. Healing can often be seen as a “process” in which recovery takes place. Healing can be physical (physical), emotional (emotional impediments), mental (thought and thinking), and spiritual (soul) in nature. In many cases healing can be promoted and / or controlled by things that you can do or use yourself. Consider, for example, the use of medicines, the application of proven therapies, and changing eating habits. In many other cases, healing can hardly be promoted and / or hardly controlled by things that you can do or use yourself.
Now that we have a more concrete picture of the concept of healing, we can connect the concept of healing with God. We can do this on the basis of a number of questions that are the order of the day and of which a number have probably jumped through your mind.
Question 1: What is God’s role in healing people?
God has every person in mind as a loving Father. He wants everyone to be fine. It hurts Him when people suffer from diseases or ailments. Therefore, we may assume that God wants to play an active role when it comes to healing. This involves both visible (physical) and non-visible healing (mental / mental). God’s desire for us is that we do not feel impeded by illness or disease.
It is important to realize that God, doctors, and medicines are complementary to each other: God uses doctors and medication to heal people. He simply uses what is available for the good of us. What’s nice is that God can go one step further than science or earthly sources. With God, the impossible is possible. In practical terms, this means that in addition to earthly resources (medication, doctors, for example), God also has access to heavenly resources that enable Him to heal people.
Question 2: How does God heal?
The way God heals cannot be put in a box. It is not a standard formula that you apply. The healing of God is not completely under the control of people (whether or not believing). God brings healing in a way that we cannot realize. God always realizes unique healings in his way. God wants to work with people to release healing. That is, He listens to and responds to our prayers and desires. For example, we may pronounce healing on people in Jesus’ name and expect in faith that God will work out healing. Also, with our heart desires, we may hold on to God’s desire for us when it comes to healing. God’s desire for us is that we will receive complete healing (“recovery”). So we can stick to this or be attuned to it,
We can further assume that a positive attitude, a positive expectation, and a great faith (both of the prayer and the recipient) of people in (healing by) Jesus provide a breeding ground (not read: conditions) for God to work out healing .
Question 3: What is God’s purpose for healing?
God’s main purpose with healing is not the recovery of the specific illness or disease. The main purpose of healing for people who do not know Jesus is to get to know Jesus. Healing is for this group of people often a nice “anonymous” gift that evokes the desire to get to know the giver of the gift. Because of the miracle, people are willing to open their hearts to God so that they can get to know Him better and ultimately enter into a relationship with Him. For people who already believe, healing is a very encouraging confirmation of God’s goodness and at the same time a drive to do more what Jesus did and even greater things. This with the aim of contributing to God’s kingdom on earth.
Question 4: Why does healing happen to some and not to others when prayed for in the name of Jesus?
There can be several reasons for this:
a) God has begun a process of healing that is not immediately physically visible or noticeable. Many people / Christians are strongly focused on direct physical healing. If this does not happen or does not happen “immediately”, disappointment arises. This while God does indeed envisage a work of restoration in a broad sense. However, it may be that the recovery is not immediately visible or noticeable at that time. Within a few hours or days “noticeable” and / or visible healing can still take place. It is then a matter of time. It may also be that God is first working on inner recovery, for example of the heart / soul (emotions, feelings), before the process of physical recovery takes place.
b) Faith: faith in Jesus Christ and faith that Christ can work out healing is a significant breeding ground for healing in the Bible. In the Bible it can be read that where faith reigns, healing takes place, and in the absence of faith there is little or no healing. We can see this when we look at the healings that Jesus makes during his ministry on earth.
c) Elusive factors: There may also be other barriers that are not yet visible but do play. For example, curses from the ancestry or the like. Unfortunately, we simply cannot oversee certain factors, and in those cases we may realize that there will be a hopeful outcome when we put the disease or disease into God’s hands by speaking to Him and trusting Him in our thoughts.
d) There is a higher purpose that God has in mind: For example, if someone is struggling with serious cancer for years, it is also good to realize that there is a point where the body is so exhausted that God brings that person to him brings home. Going home in peace can in this example be the higher goal than “earthly suffering.”
Healing that God works out cannot be put in a box and cannot be fully grasped by us as humans. It is also interesting to see that certain choices we make in terms of faith, our attitude, and our expectations provide a breeding ground for God to sow healing. Furthermore, healing is never the end goal, but a means and / or starting point to glorify God or to get to know it better. Healing is above all a testimony that shows that God lives, loves us, wants to restore us or wants to take us to a new place with Him. In other words: At least healing seems to be directly connected with the goodness of God and God is deeply passionate about seeing people come to recovery.