Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Our health and healing belongs to us.
Yet we have those who don't believe in a God that heals today, and won't even attempt to ask God for healing or keep them from sickness. They will even go to the extent of keeping others from getting healed or delivered.
In the Bible, Jesus encountered a group of religious legalists who were finding fault with Him for healing a paralysed man. They were so indignant and upset by how Jesus healed the man and not sought Him for their healing. Luke tells us the same power of the Lord was present to heal them but none of them would receive it.
The gospel tells us that our health and healing for your bodies are freely given to us through Christ's redemptive work on the cross. However, wrong beliefs and wrong attitudes keeps people from living victoriously over sickness and disease.
Some feel they are undeserving of healing and dare not ask for it. Some allow their theological bias to influence their understanding of sickness as God's way of punishing or teaching a lesson. And then we have some who accept their sickness as their lot in life and would never seek healing or even recognise this way of thinking can damage how they relate to God.
Jesus tells us that the devil seeks to steal, kill and destroy, and he would love to see God's children sick and defeated. This is why we need to stand firm on what Christ has already accomplished for us through His finished work. Don't judge the sick and afflicted. Be bold and pray for them. That is what James 5:13-15 commands us. Rest on the revelation of the gospel and believe God to manifest His power and goodness every time.
Honestly, it can be demoralising and makes people question when healing doesn't happen. Instead of feeling disappointed and frustrated, keep believing we have a good Father God who loves us and who will never leave us alone. While we may weep and mourn for what has been lost and what has been suffered, we must learn to live life through the lens of eternity, not just our physical reality.
No matter what, keep leaning on God's sustaining power to see us through each day.