Friday, August 25, 2006

In Jordan's Waters: Divine Healing

So [Naaman] went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
(2Ki 5.14 ESV)
I carry a small bottle of fragranced olive oil on my key chain; as a Church of God minister I believe that God heals the sick when Sovereignty determines to do so. (With insurance premiums continuing to rise we might start preaching divine healing more strongly as the years pass!)

Wesley was no stranger to the healing touch of God. Consider his Journal account for May 10, 1741:
I was obliged to lie down most part of the day, being easy only in that posture. Yet in the evening my weakness was suspended while I was calling sinners to repentance. But at our love-feast which followed, beside the pain in my back and head and the fever which still continued upon me, just as I began to pray I was seized with such a cough that I could hardly speak. At the same time came strongly into my mind, 'These signs shall follow them that believe' [Mark 16:17]. I called on Jesus aloud to 'increase my faith' and to 'confirm the word of his grace.' While I was speaking my pain vanished away; the fever left me; my bodily strength returned; and for many weeks I felt neither weakness nor pain. 'Unto thee, O Lord, do I give thanks.'
I really like this entry for March 17, 1746:
I took my leave of Newcastle and set out with Mr. Downes and Mr. Shepherd. But when we came to Smeton, Mr. Downes was so ill that he could go no further. When Mr. Shepherd and I left Smeton, my horse was so exceedingly lame that I was afraid I must have lain by too. We could not discern what it was that was amiss; and yet he would scarcely set his foot to the ground. By riding thus seven miles, I was thoroughly tired, and my head ached more than it had done for some months. (What I here aver is the naked fact: let every man account for it as he sees good.) I then thought, 'Cannot God heal either man or beast, by any means, or without any?' Immediately my weariness and headache ceased, and my horse’s lameness in the same instant. Nor did he halt any more either that day or the next. A very odd accident this also!
God healed both Wesley and his horse? Well, why not? Try this January 1, 1777 account on for size:
We met, as usual, to renew our covenant with God. It was a solemn season wherein many found His power present to heal and were enabled to urge their way with strength renewed.
Pray for the sick. Elders are commanded to do so (James 5.13-19).

Let it not be said of us, "Ye have not because ye ask not."