The true source of healing

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, February 14, 2019


Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; Psalm 107:19-20

For the past few days, I have been noticing the way people come into the Emergency Room of the hospital where my dad is staying in desperate need of healing. But after a few hours or days of treatment, they leave the hospital with a list of medication to take, and the recommendation to follow up with their private doctor for continued treatment. Thus I have concluded the purpose of the ER is not to heal. Instead, it is to help the sick manage their pain. Doctors in the ER are scarcely available for the patients. They go around checking on each patient for a few seconds so they can rush back to their private practice.

People go into the ER with all sorts of medical conditions. Some of those conditions are chronic because they’ve been neglected for many years. How then can we expect one ER visit to heal the person? Besides, doctors and nurses are not healers; they are healing partners. Our only healer is God.

It is God who provides the plants, the organisms, and the skill to create medicines. He gives knowledge and understanding to medical professionals to diagnose medical conditions and make recommendations for treatment. As a person who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, I know there is no miracle drug to cure any sickness. Therefore, we have to look to God even when we have the best medical care money can buy.

In today’s text, the Psalmist tells us that the Lord sent his word to heal his people. That makes perfect sense theologically. After all, God created the world with his word (Genesis 1:1). John 1:1 tells us the word became flesh to dwell among us so we can be healed from our sin-sickness and be saved.

If the word of God is the expression of the divine will and contains the fullness of his omnipresence, then it can penetrate the joints and marrow to give healing to the sick. Jesus healed many people by speaking to their diseases or demons. Peter and John healed the lame man in the temple by speaking the name of Jesus.

The word of God is not only salvific, but it is also therapeutic. There is life-giving power in the word of God. The challenge for many people is that they struggle to believe in the word of God. Thus they do not get the full benefits of the power of the word. That is why Jesus reminded the disciples that if their faith is as small as a mustard seed, they will be able to do impossible things (Matthew 17:20).

When we visit a sick person, we should read the word to speak God’s power into the person’s circumstance. Then we should pray to intercede for the sick and express our faith that the healing promised in the word of God is at hand. We can use the word of God to cast out spirits of diseases and to proclaim wellness in our bodies.

The word of God also teaches us to live moderately and soberly so we can prevent mental and physical diseases. It instructs us not to take unnecessary risks and to abstain from gluttony and all form of excess so we can live healthy lives. The word of God is indeed a divine prescription for a sin-sick world. Since that prescription is written by God who alone can heal all diseases, it is guaranteed to minister to all needs for all people.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for giving us your word to heal us.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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