One of God’s names is Jehovah-Rophe which means “to heal and restore”.
I love this name because living with a chronic illness, means I pray to God for healing A LOT.
And yet, every day I still struggle with many frustrating symptoms.
Maybe you are in that place.
You’ve cried out to God again and again. Only to have your prayers met with silence.
When suffering from health issues, it can be hard to wait for God to move. To constantly wonder if today will be the day He will finally heal you.
The problem is we often expect God to heal us in the way we want Him to and when we want Him to.
Rather than remembering God knows what we need . . . and He may be healing us in ways we have yet to see.
- How God Heals the Sick
- Ways God Heals
- 1) God heals us . . . spiritually.
- 2) God heals us . . . emotionally.
- 3) God heals us . . . mentally.
- 4) God heals us . . . of our loneliness.
- 5) God heals us . . . of our hopelessness.
- 6) God heals us . . . of our pride.
- 7) God heals us . . . .of our worldliness.
- 8) God heals us . . . of our past wounds.
- 9) God heals us . . . . of our fears.
- 10) God heals us . . . of our constant striving.
- What God Says About Healing
How God Heals the Sick
I don’t know about you, but I often think of healing miracles as something big. But God heals us every single day . . . often in the most ordinary of ways.
Every night while we sleep, the body God designed for us goes through a renewal process where dead cells are washed away, and new cells take their place.
He also heals us when we go to the doctor and they prescribe medication to help us. (Because if the treatments work . . . it is because God made them work.)
Whether by prayer or pills, either way, we can participate with God in the gift of our physical healing.
But God also heals the sick in many, other ways.
Healing isn’t always just a physical thing. Because we are so much more than just physical beings.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.”-Jeremiah 17:14 ESV
Ways God Heals
So, if God doesn’t heal us physically then how does God heal us today?
Well, let us count the ways . . .
God heals us:
- Of our loneliness.
- Of our hopelessness.
- Of our pride.
- Of our worldliness.
- Of our past wounds.
- Of our fears.
- Of our constant striving.
1) God heals us . . . spiritually.
Because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, we can be forgiven for every wrong thing we have ever done. We can be fully restored in our relationship with God.
Because of Jesus, our souls can be saved for all of eternity.
And the Holy Spirit, who lives inside us after we accept Jesus’s free gift, helps us live holy lives that honor His sacrifice.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”-1 Peter 2:24 ESV
2) God heals us . . . emotionally.
Emotional wounds tend to run much deeper than physical wounds. This is why it is important to bring all our messy emotions to Jesus and lay them at His feet.
He understands what we are going through.
Because He has gone through it all, too.
From being betrayed. To being ostracized. And everything in between . . . Jesus gets it.
And when you bring your deepest heart hurts to Him, He can help heal them.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” –-Psalm 147:3 ESV
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”-Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV
3) God heals us . . . mentally.
God can heal us mentally because as we spend time in prayer and reading His Word we learn how to let go of negative thoughts and think more positively.
This helps us gain a greater perspective on this life:
- To remember this life is not all there is.
- To think about the glorious future awaiting us.
- And to keep in mind that everything we do HERE . . . will make a difference THERE.
“We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.”-2 Corinthians 10:5 MSG
4) God heals us . . . of our loneliness.
No matter what we feel, if we are Christians, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. You can’t get any closer to someone than that.
Our feelings may be lying to us.
Even if we feel alone, we are never alone. Because God is always with us. He never gives up on us.
He is the true friend we need. And He has promised He will never leave.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” –-Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
5) God heals us . . . of our hopelessness.
As we read through the Bible, we find many reasons for hope. We see how God moved in remarkable ways through Biblical stories. We learn of the amazing future awaiting us in Heaven.
And we find Bible verses such as those for healing and strength to hold onto when life gets hard.
God cures our hopelessness. By reminding us of the blessed hope we have in Him.
A hope no one can take away.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”-1 Peter 1:3 ESV
6) God heals us . . . of our pride.
God shows us who He is and who we really are. He is good at revealing the hidden sins lurking in our hearts.
And yet when we fall on our knees before Him in repentance, we are met with His boundless grace and mercy.
Who are we that God should care about us?
We are nothing but dust.
And yet, the perfect God who is holding together the entire universe . . . loves us.
This is how God heals our pride.
Because when we think about how much God loves us. We know we have done absolutely nothing to deserve it.
And that is a rather awe-striking, humbling reality.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”-Psalm 139:23-24 ESV
7) God heals us . . . .of our worldliness.
God knows how easy it is to get caught up in the things of this world. The many things vying for our attention. And the tempting lies of the enemy.
But as we learn to walk with Him, He shows us a better way to live.
Not obsessed with the things of this life, which will all be lost someday.
But instead obsessed with living a life of obedience to Him, because those things are precious treasures that can never be taken away.
Someday the things of this world will no longer be, but the things we do for Jesus will last for all of eternity.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”-Matthew 6:19-21 ESV
8) God heals us . . . of our past wounds.
While some people say time heals old wounds, the truth is only Jesus can heal the deepest wounds in our hearts.
A good practice is to write about a time you were hurt.
As you write, pray to God and let it all out. All the messy emotions and heart-wrenching pain.
As you work through this exercise, ask God to reveal what you need to do to move on.
Perhaps you need to simply burn the piece of paper, declaring that because of Jesus you are a new creation.
Or maybe there is someone you need to forgive. You can ask Jesus to help you through that difficult but restorative process.
It isn’t easy.
Healing often hurts.
But in the end, through the Holy Spirit working in our hearts, God can heal all of our wounds.
Past, present, and future.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”-2 Corinthians 5:16-18 ESV
9) God heals us . . . . of our fears.
God can set us free from the fears that trap us.
Reflecting on His love reminds us that no matter what we face:
- He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deut. 31:8)
- That He is working all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28)
- And that in the end, because of Him . . . we win. (Rev. 21:4)
Our fears fade away when we remember that the God who is in charge of everything and passionately loves us . . . is FOR us . . . so who could ever be against us? (Romans 8:31)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV
10) God heals us . . . of our constant striving.
There are many times we are tempted to try and do it all in our own strength . . . instead of relying on God.
But our constant striving only leaves us with minds full of stress and hearts full of emptiness.
But Jesus came to give us rest.
As we learn to walk with Him, He shows us what we need to do each day. What we need to say no to. And what we need to delegate.
When life is chaos, we can rest in Jesus.
And as we sit still before the Lord, He heals our hearts, minds, and souls.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”-Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
What God Says About Healing
As we have seen, God heals the sick in many different ways.
Often what it really means to have God heal you is to be restored in your relationship with Him. To be made whole spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
Even if we are still broken physically.
While the way God heals us may not be what we expected . . . it always ends up being exactly what we needed.
Whether God heals us right away, in a little while, or not until we enter Heaven someday, we can choose to trust Him in the process.
Knowing we are being held in the gentle hands of a good, good Father.
Who loves us. And knows what is best for us.
Who sees things we cannot see. And knows things we cannot know.
When we pray for healing if God doesn’t answer our prayer the way we want Him to right away . . . we can still be grateful for the many powerful ways He is healing us each and every day.
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