The devastating impact of the pandemic has changed Bangalore. The hit has been harsh, oxygen cylinders have run out, hospitals are running full, emergency beds are hard to find, the crematoriums and burial grounds are overcrowded. Not to mention the fear and the anxiety of catching the flu is difficult considering the current situation.
In these times, I want to remind you that Jesus is a healing God. In the Old Testament, Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army lived with leprosy, in those days an incurable disease. Naaman‘s healing came with instructions. He was asked to dip himself in the Jordan river seven times and surely enough, he was healed. Sometimes, healing comes with instructions in our lives and it is a good idea to present your case to God and ask him what to do. Seeking the Lord and spending time in prayer is important.
In the New Testament, the woman who suffered from haemorrhages had been sick for twelve years and had been an outcast in society because of her condition. It wasn’t comfortable for her to receive her healing. As an outcast, she decided to crawl amongst a large crowd who thronged themselves to Jesus and touch the hem of Jesus’s garment, and immediately, she receives her healing.
Jesus also heals a blind man who was born blind. Sometimes, we put restrictions on God but nothing is too hard for him. Jesus makes clay from the ground and puts it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam.” So the man went and washed, and went home healed.
Jesus also heals Jairus’s twelve-year-old daughter. By the time Jesus got to Jairus’s house to heal the daughter, she was already dead. As Jesus took the girl by the hand and told the dead body to get up, she got up and walked. Sometimes, God answers even when it’s too late, just as he answered Mary and Martha’s prayers by raising Lazarus from the dead.
Sometimes, we may have to persistent. For example, Jesus contends with a Canaanite woman when she asks for the healing of her daughter. In the beginning, he does not answer her at all. She continues crying out to him, and Jesus finally answers, “ I was only sent for the lost sheep of Israel.” She doesn’t let that stop her, and she continues to plead for his help, and Jesus answers, “it is not right to take the food of the children and give it to the dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Jesus finally granted her request and her daughter was healed! Don’t give up on your faith in God just because things don’t go your way. Instead, ask him what you need to do to receive your healing!