February 2nd – Faith Healing

I don’t believe in faith healing, but I do believe in divine healing. I am sure that our faith is a powerful agent in health and healing -for scripture gives it a place in the process, but not the top-most place, for some people were restored who had no faith (the dead, for example, and the incapable), and not all had other people with faith to surround them. I am sure that faith is a powerful agent because of the evidence of ‘psycho-somatic’ treatments. Thus faith, even in a doctor or nurse or a treatment can be crucial. Nevertheless I do not believe that faith healing is the power: God alone heals. Sometimes He heals slowly, using all the processes of our developing human medical skills which He provides. Sometimes, but rarely, He heals instantaneously, miraculously, beyond all human explanation and expectation. Now the problem occurs when we, having learned from experience that only one person in several hundred thousand is answered directly and affirmatively, we ask , ‘Is this cautious approach a lack of faith?’ If we do not expect God to heal, is that unbelief? I don’t think it is necessarily always so. The crux of it all is in knowing the will and mind of God. Jesus always knew precisely what God had in mind for each person before they were healed or restored – and we do not. Even great and faithful souls who seem to know, are often mistaken. No wonder the words of that New Testament parent, speaking to Jesus, ring our bells, when he said “Lord I believe – help thou my unbelief”. That’s from Mark Chapter 9 (A.V.) This, however, is from John Ch. 11: Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone”, he said. “But Lord”, said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11, v. 38-44
A Prayer: Lord, we do believe in You, help us when our faith falls short.
Now read Mark 9: 14-32

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