There’s an interesting story in John chapter 5 about a man who was sick for 38 years. When Jesus met him, He asked him if he wanted to get well. But the man began to tell Jesus how many people had been getting ahead of him to get healed. So Jesus simply told him to get up and get going with his life (John 5:1-15). I once heard that this man had been delaying his own healing by sitting by the pool, expecting a miraculous healing. Thankfully, he did get healed, but after 38 years of waiting.
There’s a similar story in 2 Kings 5 about a man named Naaman who had leprosy. When told that the prophet Elisha could heal him, Naaman went to him, expecting a quick healing. However, Elisha told him to go and wash seven times in the Jordan. The man didn’t like it and for a while refused to obey. He was advised to follow the prophet’s instructions and get his healing, which he did.
When the doctors decided that my nephew Lucas would need two surgeries to get well, most prayers were in opposition to the doctors’ orders. “He is too young to be going through that,” “I don’t want him to suffer,” and “He’s already been through a lot,” some reasoned. Little did everyone know that surgery was going to save his life. Thankfully Lucas’ parents agreed and were commended by the doctors for insisting on having Lucas go through with it.
I share these stories to encourage those reading to get the help they need. I believe that God can just say the Word and heal us, but sometimes He may ask us to seek medical help. Whatever it is He is asking you to do, is for your good. So don’t delay your healing any longer and take care.