You go to the doctor, and he heals you, who do you give the glory to? You go to the doctor, and they cannot heal you, who will you give the glory to?
Those people who live in areas where medical services are not readily available, those who cannot afford medical treatment, what about those who are refused medical services because they refuse to wear the face covering still enforced in many clinics and hospitals, who do they give the glory to?
I ask you this, would Job had gone to the hospital when the sores began to appear?
“The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) Faith in what? That the Almighty has blessed those doctors and nurses with the ability to retain and recall information at will, to be able to diagnose your current condition and relieve you of it, of the pain and suffering that accompanies it? Or the faith that what you are experiencing is what He wants you to experience?
The rift is wide here among born-again believers, at least with those who have access to nearly instantaneous services of this kind, there are clinics on nearly every corner in some larger metropolitan areas, nearly every ailment can be relieved with the proper care. So, has the faith of those who have indeed been born-again been modified, been transformed if you will to the physicians of mankind, and not resting on the Great Physician?
I would ask you to recall that one of Paul’s traveling companions was a physician, and if you are aware of his life spent in service to the Lord Jesus Christ, you can understand why. “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (Acts 9:16) An excuse for us to run to the doctor’s office? “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12) For how long? Until the doctor can prescribe the correct medicine, until the proper procedure can be accomplished?
And what of those who for whatever reason cannot get to or obtain those same services that so many rush off to at the first sign of inconvenient pain? Does their faith need more “testing,” or is yours not strong enough to suffer as they have been called to do? Tough questions with very few answers,
“And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:” (Matt. 15:30) And what after He went back to the side of the Father, what of those He healed who then found themselves again hurting, again in pain, with the Great Physician now no longer in their presence, did they try to find one who could heal them of this next malady, or did they live by faith? If many stopped following Him because He quit feeding them, if many stopped following because He said, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54) If all forsook Him and ran away that night in the garden, what do you think?
Would Job have headed off to the emergency room, insurance card in hand?
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15)
I am not going to give you an answer, because I do not have one, I ask only that you contemplate what is written here. One day your flesh will not be able to be healed, one day you will die. Remember that. Where will your faith rest on that day?