You wake up. You feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack Truck. Your lymphs are swollen, your head is banging, joints are stiff, and your temp is blazing. What is your next step?
You had blood work performed and some scans. Your doctor sits you down to discuss the prognosis. Cancer. Gripped with fear and confusion, what is your next step?
You get out of the shower. You notice the skin rash on your lower back has moved veraciosuoly up and around to your abdomen and the itchy, burning sensation is persistent. You realize the “wait and see” approach has expired and you’ve got to get this under control. What is your next step?
Conventionally, I think we all have the same answers that are summerized by going to a doctor- an M.D., and seeking the guidance and care of the medical instiution covered by our insurance. BUT, is this the Biblical response to sickness?
The tale of 2 Kings.
In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Put your affairs in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’ ”Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord”. And the Lord answered…”I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you.” ref 2 Kings 20
Note that the events of Asa’s reign, from beginning to end, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a disease in his feet, and his disease became increasingly severe. Yet even in his disease he didn’t seek the Lord but only the physicians. Asa died in the forty-first year of his reign and rested with his fathers. ref 2 Chronicles 16
What a contrast! One king recieves terminal news and finds healing, while another king suffers in the hands of the phycisians to find death. Now, I am not speaking out against physcicians and hospitals. Actually, I am VERY thankful for these institutions. Though I don’t always agree with mindsets, methods, and practices; there is a place for care and healing for sure. The contrast that I want to point out is not the results, but the protocol. Look closely, as each suffers sickenss, they each have different “what next” step to finding healing. One man seeks the Lord, while the other seeks the physicians.
Consider a woman with a severe blood issue in Mark 5…”And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.” Not until she sought the Lord did she find healing!
As we see the Lord heal throughout Scripture, we find a lot of alternative modalities for healing. Sometimes He chose to heal with his spoken word, other times we see him touching people, and other times performing very odd spectacles. Do we need to be reminded of the time he spit in dirt to make mud and put in a man’s eyes to cure his blindess? Or the time he put his fingers in a man’s ears and touched his tongue to heal his deafness, and muteness? Talk about alternative medicine!
The point is, we ought first seek the Lord in the case of sickness, and let Him direct us in our healing. Perhaps He may choose a miracle. I’ve experienced miraculous healing through prayer. Perhaps He will direct you to a certain healer that’s a bit more alternative than our Westernized medical norm? I have recieved healing from chiropractors, herbalists, essential oils, massage, ayruvedic, Reiki, applied kenisiology (muscle testing), cranial sacral therapy, etc. As a matter of fact, we can see many of these techniques applied and testified through Scripture. How often we see herbals, balms, and essential oils used for healing!
What if we are missing out on being healed becuase we automatically run to the doctors? What if we were to seek the Great Physician first? How might He direct you in recieving your healing?