God is Glorified through Healing
If we want to be effective in ministering healing, or receiving healing, we need to believe God wants to heal. Our own faith may waiver if we’re not convinced God wants to heal. Knowing that God always receives glory when He heals encourages us to believe God for healing, and also to have proper motives in bringing healing to others.
God wants to heal so that men will give glory unto Him. To not honour God and give Him glory is the first step in a downward spiral of sin (cf., Romans 1:20-32).
In John 11:4, it clearly states that a purpose for healing is solely to bring glory to God. In regard to the raising of Lazarus from the dead, Jesus said:
“ . . . ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it.’” - John 11:4
Some make the mistake of thinking the sickness itself was for God’s glory. Rather, it was the healing (resurrection) that brought Him glory! Another, secondary purpose of raising Lazarus was to verify that Jesus is the resurrection and the life (verse 25), but Jesus’ own words spell out the reason clearly. To further confirm this, verse 40 reiterates this truth:
“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’” - John 11:40
Another scripture which describes healing and miracles as a means of bringing glory to God is Acts 3:12-13:
“But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered up, and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.” - Acts 3:12-13 (the healing of the lame man at the beautiful gate).
It had the desired results in that the people glorified God for the healing:
“And when they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which they might punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened” - Acts 4:21
There are other scriptures which demonstrate that people glorified God when healings and miracles took place, such as the following:
“And great multitudes came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, dumb, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them, so that the multitude marvelled as they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. ” - Matthew 15:30-31
““But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, and take up your stretcher and go home.” And at once he rose up before them, and took up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. And they were all seized with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”” - Luke 5:24-26
“And fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!”” - Luke 7:16
“And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he regained his sight, and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.” - Luke 18:42-43\
“And as He was now approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen” - Luke 19:37
Do You Believe This? If we believe that God wants to be glorified through healing, and also believe that people will respond by glorifying Him when healings and miracles take place, then it ought to increase our faith that God wants to heal, as well as our desire to see healings occur! We ought to be excited that God wants to use us through healing, to evangelize the lost!
This Is A Reminder To Watch Our Attitude! Perhaps we should ask ourselves why we want God to heal. Perhaps our desire for Him to heal may not be quite as noble as we think! Sometimes we want Him to heal for the following wrong reasons:
- So people will think we are important. We want people to think that we, or our church, is special, because of the miracles that take place. In other words, we want the glory! But God won’t share it!!
- So people won’t doubt our faith or spirituality. We may fear that if a healing doesn’t happen when we lay hands on the sick people will doubt us, question our spirituality, or doubt our claims that God heals. This really is saying that we don’t want to look foolish if God doesn’t heal!
The Lord isn’t really that concerned about reputations. He hasn’t really defended His own reputation, although a time will come when the truth about Him will be clear to all! He even allowed the apostles to be spectacles before the entire universe (1 Corinthians 4:9-13):
“ For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.” 1 Corinthians 4:9
So what makes us think that our reputations are that important in the long run? As one person implied, his perspective on praying for the sick was this, he won’t try and take the credit when people are healed, and he won’t have to take the blame when they aren’t . . . let God handle both!
Remember. All that we have and are, come from God. All that we have is a gift from God. It is all of grace!
“ Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” - James 1:17
“. . . for apart from Me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5
Consequently, we ought make every effort to give God glory in everything. We must guard continually against focusing on man or self. We must never stoop to bragging or boasting, even in the most humble fashion. To the degree we will seek to glorify God, to the same degree He will respond with the tools to do so . . . healing, and other signs and wonders!