Can you imagine being given some medications by the doctor, that were meant to be taken daily as prescribed for an ailment. But on receiving them you got home and just threw them on the kitchen counter, while forgetting about the instructions of the doctors completely concerning them.
Then the next time you went to the doctor’s office, he was surprised that your health has not improved at all. He then asked you about those medications? And you responded by saying that they were at home. He followed up with your response by asking you, if you had been taking them as prescribed? You just decided to brush off the second question, by not saying anything to him in response.
Then after awhile inside his clinic the doctor informed you that, because your health has deteriorated, you will have to be placed under medical observations for a few days at the hospital.
The doctor was getting more concerned about your health. The information that he had received from the laboratory about your health, according to him was scary.
But you were surprised that he wanted to find out what was going on with you. In your personal opinion there was no need for what he was doing, because you felt great within yourself.
The doctor however strongly disagreed with you on this. You never wanted to be on admission at the hospital, but there was nothing that could be done to help you further.
Then all of a sudden it dawned on you that, if you had been taking the prescribed medications, you probably could have avoided being in the situation that you had found yourself. But unfortunately you had ended up being at the dead end, that you never planned to be in for a whole week on the hospital bed.
As you were being discharged from the hospital later on, you were given the same prescription medications again to be taking on a daily basis. But this time around you got back home and took them for a day or two. Then afterwards you completely stopped taking them. This time around you decided to keep them far away from your view, inside the kitchen drawer that you rarely do open.
You don’t like taking pills and you felt like the doctor was trying, to force you to do what you hate to do. You then decided to “go shopping around” for another doctor. But while you were doing this something really bad happened. You passed out unexpectedly at a friend’s house, who called the ambulance to take you back into the hospital.
Barely two weeks after you had stopped taking your prescribed meditations, you had found yourself sick again in the hospital. This time around the condition of your health has gotten worse. You had not been consistent in following the doctor’s order. You had failed yourself and had disappointed your doctor, who by this time has developed a bonding relationship with you.
Now you are in a situation where the doctor doesn’t know what to do further in helping you. He looked at you one day by your sick bed and told you frankly, that he understands that you dislike taking pills generally. But he advised you further that there was nothing he could do to help you in this situation.
He told you that it’s a matter of choice between life and death. He told you that his job was to preserve your life, and that he would appreciate it if you would work together with him on this. He even suggested to you that he would be happy to get you off the pills, as soon as your health condition improves.
However in a few days later at the hospital the doctor ended up giving you more sad news about your health, which had deteriorated because of your disobedience to follow his simple instructions. He told you that you might have to be on the pills for the rest of your life.
Your face turned stone dead. You knew that you did this to yourself. Now you have ended up in between the rocks in a hard place (1 Samuel 14:4). Your memory flashed back to when and how it all began. You now realize that you could have prevented this. But now your life will never be the same again. With your own hands you have gotten yourself into the corner of no return. Only God can help you now, but you had always have your personal reservations about that.
Let God’s word be your medicine
The above striking narrative is an illustration of the paradox of a typical Christian’s life, who is struggling to put his or her faith in the promises of God for healing. It’s the paradoxical attitude towards God and His written word by some Christians, concerning the healing of their physical body.
Jesus is our Healer – the Perfect Physician of the body. He was there when you were formed in your mother’s womb (Psalms 139:13-16). He knows every part of your body more than any medical doctor on the earth. His written word had been given to us for our healing, just as a medical practitioner can give you the prescription medications to be taking for your health.
The Lord had given us His word to be applied for our healing. If a Christian can easily follow the orders of the medical doctors, without any reason to question them, why then does it have to become so hard to obey God’s word? This is the exact attitude of some towards the promises of God about healing. They are very good at following the doctor’s order, but it’s so hard for them to get into the scriptures so as to meditate on God’s promises for their healing.
God word had told them:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 NKJV
Just as the doctor can prescribe medications for them to be taken twice in a day, God’s word had been declared to them for meditation day and night. Before getting sick God had given them the prescription for success in the area of their health. But they have not been good at meditating on it day and night as prescribed from Heaven.
It’s possible for anyone to know about the Bible without necessarily being a student of it. And just because you are familiar with a particular scriptural text, does not necessarily means that you are being attentive to what it says.
We must not forget that the knowledge of God is progressive. We grow daily in our knowledge of God and His word. And when we get into eternity we will still be learning more about many things, that we don’t even understand on the earth.
Being familiar with something does not necessarily means that, you do have the true working knowledge of it. We grow daily in the knowledge of God’s word, just as a baby grows daily by feeding and relying on the mother’s milk (1 Peter 2:2). A baby cries until he or she gets fed by the mother. Within your heart is a cry or thirst after God also, which can only be satisfied by looking into His word for your daily spiritual food.
You can’t possibly be drawing strength for today, from the meal that was consumed three days ago. The meal that was consumed at that time is gone. You need another meal for today. And if we can remember to eat three times in a day, how can we forget to be feeding our spirit man with the food, that the Lord has given to us for our healing and good health?
The very same manner in which the man from the illustration above treated his prescription medications, is exactly how some people are treating God’s promises of healing and good health, which had been given to them. It’s on their kitchen counter or inside their bedside drawer. They are sick and they can’t even remember where their Bible is. Just as they dislike taking pills, they do have a hard time reading the Bible daily, as God had prescribed it for their healing and good health.
It’s only when they get into big troubles with their physical body that, they will snobbishly remember to go into those promises for meditation. Some would had even by this time forgotten those healing promises in the Bible. But they will remember to turn to the Psalms of David, as if an enemy has afflicted them with the sickness. Whereas their own spiritual negligence has pushed them into being sick.
Their attitude towards the things of God is depriving them of the very best from Him. They are not meditating on God’s promises about healing day and night, as they are supposed to be doing. So they are frequently getting sick, while struggling with a bad spiritual habit which the devil is exploiting to destroy their lives.
That’s why healing has bypassed them. When we are not doing what the Lord tells us to do, we will definitely suffer with the consequences of our own actions of disobedience to His word. God is not to be blamed if you are not healed. You will have yourself to blame for it.
When you are not being consistent about meditating on God’s promises for your healing, you will have yourself to blame for it. That’s why many are struggling to get healed today.
The Bible says:
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.”
Proverbs 4:20-22 NKJV
To incline the ear to something that is being said means that, we are paying careful, constant and particular attention to it with details. You are paying attention to it with your eyes and with the heart. It’s what you are completely devoted to with your heart, that will manifest in power to you.
That’s how God’s word works to heal your body and restore your health. God’s word can always be trusted to do what it says. A Christian who had been healed before, but who is not consistent about meditating on God’s word day and night concerning healing, will be unable to sustain that healing so as to be in good health.
People do know how to follow the doctor’s instruction about their prescription medications, so as not to fall sick again. They will follow it studiously and consistently by reading and paying attention, to what is going on about it on the news and on the internet. They will read and study everything about the side effects of the prescriptions.
But God’s word does not have any negative side effects, yet they can’t swallow the thought of reading it at all. It’s like someone is putting so much on them that they can’t take, when they think about opening the Bible. And they are always the ones to first ask for prayers so as to get healed, whereas God’s word that’s for their healing is right under their nose, but they won’t read it.
In fact many of them have become so perfect about many things from the world’s system. They are consistent with persistency about following the latest developments about their sickness, because they understand the consequences of doing otherwise. But when it comes to God’s instructions to them about how to get healed, they will shutter and shrug them aside.
It’s somehow strange when such Christians have to find it hard, to obey God’s word by spending more time with it. We meditate on God’s word consistently, because we want it to sustain the healing of the body for our own good health. It’s not God who needs to be healed. It’s you. Get into God’s word and receive your healing by faith. Putting God’s promises of healing into your heart will quicken your healing process.
“He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.”
Psalms 107:20 NKJV
You have to make the choice to get healed. Nobody can make that choice for you, just as you can make the choice to obey your doctor or not to obey him. God had made all provisions available in Christ Jesus for your healing. But you will have to be consistent about putting His word, before your eyes and into your heart day and night.
It’s in our consistency of doing what the Bible commands us to do, that the power to be healed and stay healthy lies. What you are consistent in doing gives you power.
If you’re sloppy in your attitude towards God’s word, you will never be able to tap into its power. A lot of Christians who do have a sloppy attitude towards the things of God are carnally minded. They can’t grow in the things of God’s Kingdom. Their sloppy attitude is depriving them of the very best from God.
We had been called into a lifestyle of consistency before God. You can’t therefore be hot today and cold tomorrow with your faith before God (see Revelation 3:15-16). God always honors our consistent faith.
Choose to be persistent and consistent by paying attention to this matter. God wants you to be healed, strong and healthy. Don’t let the devil and the world around you, cut you short of God’s goodness into your life.
Remember the words of the Prophet Isaiah:
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
Isaiah 26:3 AMPC
Just one minute of overflow by meditating in God’s word, may be the difference between your ability to live and not die of that sickness. You are the person who determines what happens at that very minute, and not God. Your attitude at that moment of meditation determines your altitude into the healing power of God.
Choose to be persistent and consistent in God’s word and your healing will break forth suddenly. Be steady and focused. Don’t get yourself distracted by the world around you. The Lord has His eyes on your faith to bring you the desire of your heart.
Stay healed and healthy in Jesus name! And rejoice always in the Lord.