The Healing to come
The Bible unveils the enigmatic future of healing when the Almighty Creator will renew and restore his creation to its pristine state of perfection. In the book of Revelation 21:4, we are told that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” This assurance of a new heaven and earth reminds us of God’s ultimate plan for the healing and restoration of all things.
But what does this promise imply for us today, as we reside in a world still gripped by suffering and ailments? It implies that we can have hope, even in the midst of our trials. It implies that we can confide in the fact that God is with us, working tirelessly to bring healing and restoration to our lives, even when it seems like all is lost. It implies that we can work to build the Kingdom of God here on earth by tending to the sick, the suffering, and the downtrodden.
In the Gospel of John 14:12, Jesus speaks to his disciples, saying, “Truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.” This declaration reminds us that we have a part to play in God’s healing agenda. We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to bring healing and wholeness to those in our midst and to work for justice and compassion in our world.
One of the ways we can actualize this is by collaborating with God in prayer. As we pray for healing, we invite the Almighty to work in our lives and in the lives of those around us. We can pray for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, believing that God hears our supplications and is working to bring about his plan for our lives.
Furthermore, we can contribute to the process of healing by taking care of our bodies and minds. This means looking after our physical well-being by engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and taking time to rest. It also means nurturing our emotional health by practising self-care, seeking counselling when necessary, and fostering meaningful relationships.
Miraculous Healing Today
The world we live in is full of accounts of miraculous healing. These stories abound of people who have experienced healing from illnesses and injuries that were once deemed incurable by medical professionals. Such tales of hope and inspiration testify to the power and love of God and offer comfort to those grappling with illness or injury.
One such remarkable story is that of Joni Eareckson Tada, a devout Christian, author, speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities. Joni suffered paralysis from the neck down following a diving accident at age 17. However, despite the overwhelming odds against her, Joni went on to live a meaningful and vibrant life, serving God and inspiring others through her writing and speaking.
In 2010, Joni was diagnosed with breast cancer, a challenging and daunting prognosis. Although Joni underwent surgery and chemotherapy, cancer persisted, and her outlook was grim. However, Joni refused to lose hope and continued to pray fervently for healing and to trust in God’s plan for her life.
Then, in 2015, Joni had a routine CT scan that revealed no evidence of cancer in her lungs. Her medical team was amazed and couldn’t explain the miraculous healing. Joni attributes her healing to her unwavering faith in God and the power of prayer from her friends and supporters.
Another inspiring example of miraculous healing is Nick Vujicic, an Australian motivational speaker and author, born without arms or legs. Despite his physical challenges, Nick remained undaunted and determined to make a difference in the world. He learned to accomplish tasks with his feet and became a successful speaker and author, touching lives and inspiring others through his story of faith and perseverance.
In 2008, Nick’s father was diagnosed with cancer, and the family prayed fervently for his healing. However, his condition continued to deteriorate. Nick and his family decided to embark on a three-day fast and prayer, beseeching God to heal his father. Miraculously, Nick’s father was healed on the third day, and his cancer vanished. He went on to live for several more years before passing on from other causes.
These incredible stories, and many more like them, serve as reminders that God’s power to heal is still manifesting in our world today. Although we may not always comprehend why some are healed while others are not, we can take comfort in God’s love and goodness, knowing that he is always with us.
However, it is crucial to note that not all healing is miraculous, and medical treatment and care are fundamental to the healing process. We should approach healing with a spirit of gratitude and humility, acknowledging that all healing comes from God and we are called to use our experiences to serve and help others.