“So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. Then the king answered and said to the man of God, “Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as before.” 1 Kings 13:4 & 6
Jeroboam was a very wicked King of Israel. He erected two altars to false gods placing on them two calves made of gold declaring, “Here are your gods O Israel.” He did this because he feared that if the people went down to Jerusalem to worship at the Temple that their heart would return to the true God and their allegiance back to the lineage of David.
An unnamed man of God prophesied against these altars of worship that Jeroboam had set up, declaring that God would raise up a man named Josiah, who would kill the false priest and burn their bodies on the very altars that Jeroboam had erected. When the King heard this prophecy, he immediately ordered the arrest of the man of God. However, while the King stretched out his arm towards the man of God demanding his arrest his hand became withered and stiff.
I am continually amazed at the MERCY of God! Even though King Jeroboam was a wicked leader, causing Israel to sin against God by worshipping idols, when he asked the man of God to pray for his healing, God completely restored his hand!
Many times people feel like they are unworthy to receive healing for their body. They think that because of their past sins that God will not answer their prayer for healing. However, the Bible is clear that if we will confess and repent of our sin God will forgive us and cleanse us. (see 1 John 1:9). If God would show mercy on King Jeroboam surely He will show mercy upon you! After all He is no respecter of persons! (Acts 10:34)
Today, be encouraged that there is nothing that can separate your from the love of God. (Romans 8:35-39). The very same blood that was shed for the forgiveness of your sins was also shed for the healing of your physical body (1 Peter 2:24). God will never say “no” to the salvation of your soul or the healing of your body because Jesus has already paid the price on the cross for them both.
Confession: Nothing can separate me from God’s love. God promises to forgive all of my sins and heal all of my diseases. Healing is God’s will for me!