A Better Understanding of Healing

January 08, 2023

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”  Matthew 4:23

Why are some people miraculously healed while others are not?

Honestly, I don’t know. That’s just a part of trusting that God’s plan is bigger and more complete than our own. Still, the concept of healing is difficult even for the most faithful follower of Jesus.

So how can we better understand how and why God heals?

A while back, I read a fascinating article in Christianity Today by British pastor Andrew White addressing this healing subject. White and his church have witnessed some miraculous healings over the years, yet despite countless prayers seeking healing for his own two children, nothing happened. They remained autistic.

As a parent, that might be difficult to accept, yet his conclusion remains that God always heals.

Now, you may be thinking, “How can he believe this?”

Well, let’s dig a little deeper. In the article, White identifies four ways that God chooses to heal:

  1. The body heals itself because of the way that God has designed the intricacies of the immune system to work within the context of the body.
  2. God supernaturally heals in a way that medical science cannot explain.
  3. God uses medical science to enhance the healing process, such as performing surgery to repair something inside the body or putting a broken leg into a cast.
  4. “In the Twinkling of an eye” is White’s fourth kind of healing which refers to the new, resurrected body that all followers of Jesus are promised when Christ returns for His church. When that happens, our bodies will be brand new – free from sickness, pain, and even death. And this, my friend, is healing that lasts forever.

Andrew White not only came to the conclusion that God always heals, but he also surmised that God’s answer to a believer’s prayer for healing is never No, but Yes, or Not Yet.

And that is how we need to approach healing. It’s about coming to God in faith and trusting Him with the results of how He chooses to bring about healing in our lives.

Written by Bryant Wright, Founder, RFTH