Should a Christian seek the counsel of a physician?
If you closely examine the miracles of Jesus in the gospels several truths will surface:
1. Jesus never healed the same way twice. Each person and circumstance was unique. The Great Physician had no formulas or protocols. In His infinite wisdom, Jesus foreknew that methods could be mimicked, sold (or even blogged about).
- He purposed these miracles to focus on Himself–the Healer rather than the healed. His healings pointed toward His true character, giving proof to His claim that He was God. Experiencing God’s healing is never about us. It’s about exposing God in our lives
- Jesus did not heal every person on the planet; He only healed those who came to Him in faith. If God healed you every time you asked for it, you would never experience the ultimate miracle of living in the presence of God in heaven.
- Jesus prescribed medicine as one of many toolsto heal those who came to him in faith. The Great Physician, using three components of healing, brought sight to a blind man at the pool of Siloam (John 9). He mixed saliva with dirt and rubbed it on the man’s eyes, commanding the blind man to wash himself in the pool of Siloam.
We see three components of healing in this story. First Jesus used saliva. In the first century, saliva was considered a medicine to be used for a variety of ailments. But Jesus did not solely use medicine to heal the man–He added dirt. If you recall Jesus was there when man was formed out of the dust, breathing into man the breath of life.
Thirdly, Jesus asks the man to wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. There were other pools that were closer than the pool of Siloam, but Jesus gave him specific instructions to follow, demonstrating obedience and faith in Jesus’ spoken word. Can you imagine the stir caused by a blind man stumbling through the streets of Jerusalem, covered with mud over his eyes, passing by closer pools of water?
Jesus used a perfect fusion of both medicine, the miraculous and an obedient response of faith to bring healing to the man’s eyes.
As believers, it is not uncommon to overemphasize one of these components and underemphasize the others. When we selectively pick and choose the component that we think is most significant, we tend to point fingers when the outcome is not what we expected.
We point the finger at ourselves when our faith and obedience is imperfect.
We point the finger at the doctor when modern medicine fails us.
We point the finger at God when He sovereignly has other plans to allow us to suffer in His perfect will.
Before pointing fingers horizontally, begin the process by pointing your finger upwards. If you allow a sovereignly good God to be in your situation regardless of the outcome, then He will direct you in the way you should go. Healing is first and foremost about Him and His glory.
Have you ever had a situation where you have been out of balance in these areas?