“And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians” (2 Chronicles 16:12).
A few weeks ago, I reconnected with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in about 30 years. I didn’t know until earlier that day that my friend has cancer. She and her husband have been strong believers in having faith for healing and not trusting in doctors; however, she was sharing how God led her to go through cancer treatments although she doesn’t understand why. I admire my friend’s faith and her priorities as she sought God first for healing but, when, through a series of events, God made it clear that she needed to go the medical route, she surrendered and wants God to be glorified even through this.
People are criticized when they don’t go to doctors but I feel like way too many are quick to run to the hospital for every ache and pain instead of appealing to the Great Physician for the healing that they need.
Going to the doctor is not a sin, but I believe it should be a Spirit-led decision. I know people who have been helped through medical means, and I know people who have died because of it. Only God can truly heal. He knows the plans He has for you, and He can give wisdom where needed, even in medical areas.
This is not the kind of topic I usually write on but, as I was reading this morning, this verse about Asa jumped out at me. I don’t believe that his sin was in being treated by doctors but in putting his trust in them instead of in the LORD.
I am so thankful that I serve a God who still guides and still heals. I pray that I will stay close to Him so that I can hear His voice. I hope that is your prayer as well.