I received the following question in my email this morning… I would like the opportunity to respond.
If this is from God per your quotation of the verse 2 Cor 12:8-10, then why are you going to the Mayo Clinic?
Are you trying to get them to thwart the Will of God for your life?
Doesn’t make sense, does it?
“MacMan”, First of all thank you for your comment and for taking the time to push me to a closer understanding of where I am in this journey.
I want to start with my daughters journey, because it is so tightly wrapped into my outlook on my own Journey. I am not sure if you have read her story- but long and short, she has a donated heart beating in her little chest at the age of 5. As much as I believe God’s hands were all over the medical aspects of HER situation- I firmly believe He is all over mine.
I think the first mistake you make (and I say that with the utmost respect) is that you assume that God isnt telling me to go to Mayo Clinic. You are assuming that my faith in God and my faith in the medical provisions he has given cannot be intertwined. You are assuming that you understand more abundantly the will of God’s life for me than I do or my family does- the people who are walking this road with our ears FIRMLY pressed against the word of God, listening… and waiting.
Do I believe in miracles- without a shadow of a doubt. I would stand on the highest mountain top and declare that. Do I believe it has to be a great and mighty miracle to qualify as such- ABSOLUTELY NOT. Many times in our lives (mine included) we miss God because we are waiting for that “Mighty and all compassing Miracle”. Look at my daughters story again (I am learning more and more daily from that sweet child’s testimony). There are so many small miracles in her journey that you will miss if you only focus on the ‘perfect healing of her body’. Gods not in the business of desiring only physical health- His desires are far more reaching than that.
Here is the scripture you are referring to:
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
My questions to you (again said with the utmost respect) Why do you desire to put God in a box? Why are you putting limits on God’s ability to work. Why do you feel that God’s will can only work if it is a mighty and profound miracle? How did you come to the conclusion that the medical advantages we have been blessed aren’t a provision from a loving God?
*Christ speaks mightily regarding this:
Jesus Speaks Regarding the Use of Medicine
The Good Samaritan
Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’
Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands? And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Consider the following briefest of summaries of this world-renowned story:
The Samaritan poured oil and wine into the wounds of the injured Jew and then bound up the wounds with bandages. Then Jesus tells all who have been listening to His story, “Go and do the same.” –source
*Timothy Uses Medicine for His “Frequent Ailments”
Paul was Timothyâ€™s spiritual father and mentor in the Lord. Paul, who had the Spirit-given ability to heal other menâ€™s maladies freely and to validate the gospel with miracles, signs, and wonders says something utterly astonishing to Timothy.
“No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” (1 Timothy 5:23) –source
*Luke Was Known as “the Beloved Physician”
Luke is given the title “the Beloved Physician” in Colossians 4:14. This was no reference to his work in the past. Titles in the New Testament were given as a matter of recognition to current activities, professions, and gifts. Consider Philip the Evangelist, Paul the Apostle, Agabus the Prophet. That Luke continued to practice medicine, in obedience to the command that Christ gave to his disciples to “go and do the same” (imitating the righteous deeds done by the Good Samaritan) is all but certain. It is also all but certain that Luke was a man of faith.-source
*Jesus is the Great Physician.
He has called us all to be good Samaritans and care for the physical wounds (and the spiritual wounds) of our neighbors with the compassionate use of medicine and medical knowledge. We will not heal others perfectly, God alone does that. We will not counsel others perfectly. God alone does that. We will not shepherd other perfectly, God alone does that. But we are compelled by His Word to try. To not try is to deny Him, to be unfaithful, and to be uncompassionate.-source
*What Jesus Did Not Say
Please take note of what Jesus never said. It is nowhere recorded that Jesus said, “do not seek medical assistance for yourself, nor provide medical assistance to the helpless”. Why is this important to note? Because where there is no biblical command against something, such as medicine, there is also no penalty or accountability to God for doing that thing. Consider this principle of “no law means no sin” with regard to the following verses about the Old Testament Law:
“for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.” (Romans 4:15).
“for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” (Romans 5:13)
Where there is no law, there is no violation, and therefore, no sin is imputed. If it is not pushing the principle too far, we can understand this to mean that where there is no explicit commandment condemning an action (in this case the action is seeking medical attention) then there is no violation of the law.
Had Jesus, or any of the apostles or prophets, created a law by commanding us to not seek medical treatments, then we would have such a command written into the Scriptures and it would be a law indeed. However, since the canon is complete and because there is no command to avoid medicine and medical treatments, we are free to seek such therapy without danger to our faith and without danger of being trapped in sin. –source
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:4,5)
Im choosing not to put my God in a box.
* Denotes text was taken from this source: Faith Healing — Godâ€™s Compassion, Godâ€™s Power, and Godâ€™s Sovereignty I encourage each of you to read this article, It addresses this issue (and others) head on.