Question: I suffer from a chronic medical condition. I asked God to heal me without medical intervention, and I believe He can, but He hasn’t yet. Recently my doctor recommended a course of treatment, which I’m considering. How can I find what’s best for me in this matter?
Answer: Whether you get better through natural healing processes, through medical treatment, or through divine intervention, all healing is a gift of God. When we hear the term “divine healing,” we generally think of healings that are beyond the reach of both nature and medicine. But God doesn’t only work in mysterious ways. The body’s regeneration systems were divinely designed, and the scientific discoveries that led to our present understanding of what our bodies need to heal, as well as how the healing process can be helped, were divinely inspired—whether those who made the discoveries recognize that fact or not. “[God] gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things.”1 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.”2
The rub is that some scientific and medical research reaches conclusions that are erroneous and not God-inspired, and treatment plans based on flawed thinking often do more harm than good. This is why it’s so important to make careful, prayerful, well-informed decisions regarding possible medical treatments. It’s wise to get a second or even third opinion, and to study the risks and potentially harmful side effects of each option before making a decision.
God usually leaves such decisions to you. He stands ready to guide your research and weighing of options, but then He says, “According to your faith let it be to you.”3 Do you have more faith for God to work independently, or through medical professionals?
In the end, it comes down to finding where your faith stands in this situation. That’s a process that involves prayerful deliberation and utmost honesty with yourself and God. It doesn’t work to pretend to have faith in one course of action or another when in fact you don’t.
Once you have reached a decision with God’s help and asked His blessing on your chosen course of action, you can claim this promise: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”4
1. Daniel 2:21–22
2. James 1:17
3. Matthew 9:29
4. Psalm 37:5