James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. NIV
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV
Now, you might think “But He could take this away from me in a minute, then I would trust Him and everything would be fine.”. That is what I thought too. It’s true that He could just think me well, and I would be well. But would I have learned to obey His Word that way? No. Would I have learned to trust Him? No. He would be giving into my flesh, just like I do, and He is not going to do that.
I thought that if He did cure me instantly that that would strengthen my faith. However, I can see in hindsight that that is not how it works.
Think about it. We have had the Lord come through for us before…sometimes miraculously. He had saved me from actually dying many times. Yet we are still afraid of whatever we are afraid of. He has shown Himself in your life, has already provided more than you realize, but your trust is still weak as a newborn kitten. Because we doubt, because we say “Yeah but” or “What if”, we would soon talk ourselves out of the miracle. The miracle would become “one of those things”, instead of “The Lord is watching me constantly, I can trust Him.”.
We could not handle a miracle like this. Therefore we have to walk the path to learn our faith.
Also, consider this—why are you asking for instant healing, instead of just healing? Is it really because you are eager to do all these good things, or is it deep down because you are afraid to have to face your fears, so you just want them gone?
To put it another way, is it because you are ready to do good work and you can’t work? Or that you want to do good work, but are afraid to do what it would take, because you would have to face your fear?
I will give you a hint: it is the latter. You do want to do good work, yes, but you are afraid. You are not asking Him for strength, you are not asking Him for endurance, you are not asking Him for wisdom. You are asking Him to take away the things that frighten you, or your fear to them. You do not want to work through your fears, because you would have to face them. Instead you want an instant cure. You want the lottery, not the budget. You want the reward without the effort. It’s understandable, we are all like that. However, the Lord has other plans for us. He knows that the effort provides its own reward, much more than instant healing would. There is no need for faith or trust if there is no threat or fear. He wants your faith built first…then there will be work for you to do.
Think about it this way: if you do not learn trust and faith in hard times, how are you going to teach others how to do it? How are you going to show others the faithfulness of the Lord, if you have never relied on it, just got instant healing? If He had healed me instantly, I would not have been able to show you how He healed me. I would have had to say “I dunno. All of a sudden I was better.”. But that would not have helped you at all! I would have been doing something else right now than writing this. However, because He led me to such wonderful healing, such incredible faith that He gave me that I did not know I had, such blessing beyond measure, I WANT to tell you. I WANT to share with you! This book is a joy, deep in my heart, because He provided so much for me, and has the exact same provision for you. I almost dread when He has me stop writing this, as it is a labor of joy and love. However, I will also be tickled and excited for you to experience the same healing.
The Lord comforts us in our troubles so that we might comfort others. He comforted me, so that I might share that comfort with you. You will be comforted through seeing His Word, understanding His plan, and you will be able to comfort others. In each time, the Lord will be glorified. This would not happen if He just “ZAPPED” our healing instantly every time.
2 Cor 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. NIV
So, here we are: our root problem is that we do not trust the Lord. We do not even trust Him enough to live a normal life. We do not trust that He protects us, and we do not trust that if something bad does happen, He works it out for our good (Romans 8:28). Our problem is not, say, a broken leg. Our problem is an utter lack of faith. The way to work faith, to have faith, is to DO faith.
Understand, He already has the healing for you. It is there. It is guaranteed, because He has no desire to see you live this way. It is done. But you have to accept His healing. How do you accept it? You trust it.
It is kind of like this: if a doctor had a pill that would cure your broken leg, but you were afraid to take the pill, the cure would not do any good at all. You have to have trust in the doctor to do what he tells you to—swallow the pill—in order to reap the healing. You cannot cry at the pill. You can’t tell the doctor “Just cure me without me having to take the pill, and I will do all these good things!”.
The Lord already has the cure for you. It is in His Word. The cure is done, already invented and 100% reliable. However, if you do not take the cure, do not accept it, it will do nothing for you.
This is not just flowery talk. I promise. This is actual, real, serious healing of your imbalances and mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. It is already done for you. The Lord wants you to be healed NOW, but He is not going to give in to your flesh. He is going to show you that He is perfect, good, and FAITHFUL. He is going to make you walk every step trusting Him until trust is second nature to you, not fear. He will show Himself utterly faithful and good, and you will know that deep in your heart. Then you will be able to provide comfort to others as you received comfort yourself.