I sat at the funeral of a close family friend. I heard the minister say that Annie (not her real name) had given her life to the Lord and had spent the last few months reading the Bible and learning about God’s love. I was pleased Annie had made that choice and that I was going to see her again in Heaven one day.
We went from the church, to the cemetery. As we closed in around the grave site, I ended up directly behind one of Annie’s sons. The minister spoke again about how Annie had accepted the Lord’s sacrificial death for her and how she was ready to meet the Lord. But then he said “and the Lord chose to come and take Annie home.” My heart sank. I wondered if other people were thinking the same thing that just went through my head. Then he continued. “Are you ready, have you accepted the Lord?”
I wasn’t wrong. Her son who stood directly in front of me said. “He ain’t getting me.”
I know the well-meaning minister wanted to get people saved, and that is wonderful. But to say the Lord had chosen to take her, after saying she had accepted Him, made it look like, on purpose God had taken Annie’s life. This is so far from the truth. Yes, because she had chosen to accept Jesus death on the cross to pay for her sin (the things she has done wrong) once her spirit left her body she would go to Heaven and God would have taken her there. But God did not make her sick. That goes against New Testament teaching. (If there is anything that looks like a contradiction in the Bible, there is always a good reason for it, such as a past tradition or something specifically given to a certain people groups. There are truly no contradictions when it is studied out)
Back to my rant. It says in the Bible that if you are sick you are to go to the elders and have them pray the prayer of faith and the prayer of faith shall save the sick. I know that doesn’t always happen, and is not taught in the majority of churches, but it is what the Bible says. The churches that teach this truth see many people healed in their congregations. (James 5:14-15)
The prayer of faith shall save the sick, that doesn’t sound like a God who chooses to make you sick to take you from this earth. He also says in His word that “God’s words are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.” Many people have studied the healing scriptures and instead of the sickness that could have taken their lives, they trusted the words of God and recovered. Dodie Osteen is a good example of this. Her and her daughter’s stories are on the internet and there are many more like theirs. The movie Breakthrough written about a boy who fell through the ice and drowned is another true story of faith that never gave up resulting in an amazing healing.
I know a few of these people and their stories personally. I have been healed myself and am believing for healing today. The Bible says to lay hands on the sick and they will recover. Jesus never took that application back. So many of us expect an instant healing and lose it by giving in to doubt. If we hang onto His words, tenaciously trusting God's words pertaining to healing, we shall recover.
Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV)
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
One of the keys is to rest in faith believing that Jesus paid the price for us to be healed.
There are many scriptures that prove that it is God’s will to heal today, but in a lot of cases it needs to be believed to be received. Keith Moore has a wonderful series on You-Tube with 20 teachings about how it is God’s will to heal today. Andrew Wommack also has a series called God Wants you Well and over 30 Healing Testimonies that can be watched through his website AWMI.net
Someday each of us will die, this is sure. It is accounted onto man once to die. But God says we can live out the number of our days (Exodus 23:26) and we are under a new and better covenant than they were under in the Old Testament. All of the promises are yes and amen in Jesus. There are things that can add numbers to our days and things that can shorten the numbers of our days. He also says we can live until we are satisfied. It does say there is a season in which we shall die as there is a season for everything else. But just like a crop has a specific season and that season is when it’s ripe and ready, we to don’t have to go before our season.
Exodus 23:26 (NIV) and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Our God is a loving God and just like any father He does not want His children sick, He wants them well, enjoying life and doing what He brought them onto this earth to do. One of God’s names is Jehovah Rapha which means, The Lord our healer.