“And behold, a leper came down and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:2-3
The leper in this story is like so many who are sick today. Most people believe that God CAN heal yet, they are unsure of His will to heal. The statements, “God CAN heal the sick” and “It’s God’s WILL to heal the sick” are worlds apart. It is not enough to believe that God can heal, you must also believe that it is God’s will to heal!
Bosworth in his classic book, Christ the Healer, writes, “Before people can have a steadfast faith for the healing of their body, they must be rid of all uncertainty concerning God’s will in the matter.” You see, faith begins where the will of God is known. Romans 10:14 asks the question, “And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard?” You cannot believe God beyond your actual knowledge of His Word. Romans 10:17 declares, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Faith comes from our knowledge of God’s Word.
Make no mistake about it, it is God’s will for all who are sick to be healed just as much as it is His will for all who are lost to be saved. But just like when receiving salvation, before a person can receive healing they must first have faith in God’s will to heal. For it is impossible to believe God for a gift that you are not sure He is offering. Before Jesus could cure this man’s leprosy, He had to first cure his ignorance concerning His will.
Here, Jesus FOREVER settles the issue of God’s will concerning physical healing when He said, “I WILL.” We must remember, Jesus IS THE WILL OF GOD in the flesh. (See John 1:14.) Everything that He said and did while on the earth is a perfect reflection of Who our Heavenly Father is. In John 14:9 Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
Let those two words of Jesus forever settle the issue for you today. Romans 2:11 tells us that God is not a respecter of persons. What He does for one person, He will certainly do for another. Hebrews 6:18 tells us that it is impossible for God to lie. He cannot change His mind or His Word. And Hebrews 13:8 tells us that God never changes! If it was His will to heal the sick two thousand years ago, then it is still His will to heal the sick today!
Confession: I not only believe that God can heal me, I also believe that it is God’s will for me to be healed!