I have this aunt who is her own doctor. Though she is not one, literally and she has a sister who is a licensed physician, she chooses to diagnose, prescribe and deal with all her illnesses, ailments and even her beauty regime herself without consulting any professional. To her, her home based concoctions, a mix of chinese herbal medicine, fad diets and prescription drugs that she thinks is appropriate for the illness will heal you. She has full belief in it, having tried all the things herself – and to her, it worked.
I even got pulled into her enthusiastic prescription of random slimming pills, diets and concoctions to help me with various things. At one point, I was chewing leaf off a plant, downing uncertified herbal diet pills and drinking odd tasting tea with her. It worked, for a bit, because I was half believing in its effects due to her constant enthusiasm. However, when the side-effects started to show, constipation, sleeplessness, and bouncing back of weight – I doubted that whatever she made me drink had any effect at all other than to make me sick.
She wonders why it is so, because she had full faith in it. It worked for her because she BELIEVED in it. It was her faith that made her get well or lose weight and me, being an unbeliever of her medicine, didn’t get the desired effect because I didn’t think it would work. I was doubtful, even scared of it.
Then I realized it, IT WAS FAITH. FAITH that made her odd concoctions work. FAITH that her medicine healed her. FAITH that made her slimmer or prettier. FAITH.
An old Balinese medicine man, an albularyo (faith healer), or a witch could make you well if you believe in them. Not because of their medicine or whatever they cook up for you, but because you already BELIEVE that you will be healed. No one travels that long journey to get to that foresty heal to get to the faith healer without believing that he himself would be healed. No one goes through all the trouble to go to Bali to find this unknown healer if he doesn’t believe that that man could be the solution to the problem.
It is that FAITH that heals us even before we get there. It is FAITH that gives us the strength to push on. It is the Faith that helps us succeed. I think that if a person doubted even once that his medicine can heal him, then it would not work.
Is it not the same with our faith as Christians?
I think that the problem with most of us is that we go through life, not believing that we have been healed or saved. The problem is that even if we do study God’s word or we go through the motions, we still have wavering faith. We still doubt the existence of the EVERLIVING GOD. Whenever we have problems, ailments or sicknesses, we seek the help of different sources, and while we do PRAY for healing, we forget that we have to go seek him and truly make the effort to recieve the healing. AND, we forget that we have to to through all of this with FAITH.
GOD IS OUR HEALER AND PROVIDER. If we seek him and we seek him with all our heart, we will not only find HIM, but we will find TRUE HEALING in him.