One of my favorite attributes of God is that He is the healer. Growing up in the church, I feel like I’ve always had a basic understanding of this truth, but over the last several years my understanding has expanded. I have now seen how multifaceted the healing that comes from God truly is. The more I realize these truths, the more I’m brought to my knees in prayer and praise for who God is comes from my lips.
God Heals Physically
God has the power to heal physically. Miraculous physical healing quickly comes to mind when thinking of God as the Healer. This is what I learned in Sunday school with stories from the Bible such as the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof to see Jesus and be healed (Mark 2:1-12).
As a child, I recall praying that God would heal my Grammy’s cancer. As an adult, I’ve prayed with many children that He would heal their scraped knees or other such things. I’ve sat and wept with friends and family as they or a loved one were suffering physically. In the last week, there have been several times that, with tears running down my cheeks. I’ve cried out to my Lord for the physical healing of people that I haven’t met but see their pleas for prayer on social media.
God Heals Spiritually
Because of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, we have spiritual healing. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” We are all sinners. I sin daily, but through my Savior, I am forgiven. The Holy Spirit convicts and shows me where I need spiritual healing and He is faithful to restore my soul.
God Heals Relationships
Perhaps the area of healing that I’ve asked God for the most over the last several years is that of relationship. There is one relationship in particular that has been difficult, if existent at all for about the last decade. There have been troublesome times, times that seem hopeful, and now the relationship seems to be severed altogether. It has been an emotional roller coaster that has had me up at night, pleading with God to heal relationships, and for restoration of my family so many times. I know that my Healer is able.
Praising the Healer Because of Hope
Regardless of what kind of healing is needed or has been needed, I know my God is faithful. None of the previously mentioned areas have turned out completely how I think they should have, but I know I can hope in and praise Him. God is able, and He will heal the things that are physically, spiritually, or relationally broken.
These healings may not come on this earth. The truth is that we live in a fallen world, but God promises to be the Healer. Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” I know I can have hope that all will be made new and restored to perfect health when God brings in the New Heaven and New Earth. Because of this, I will continue to pray for healing and praise my Savior, the hope of restoration.
Karly Grant is a 30-something, single, enneargram 9, follower of Jesus who likes to keep life entertaining and real. The circumstances of the last few years of her life have held many twists and turns, but she can’t wait to see where God leads. She has a heart for adoption and is waiting to see where the Lord guides her on this path. She can often be found in a coffee shop, curled up with a good book, or spending quality time laughing and having fun with her family and friends.