“…then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Ch. 7:14
The ones who went to the Lord Jesus and asked for healing might have gotten rather disappointed when they heard the Lord said to them “your sin has been forgiven.” It was understandable that they felt that way since they were seeking healing for their physical ailments, whatever they were; and yet what they received was spiritual healing, which they might or might not have realized that they even had the need.
Of course, our physical illnesses are obviously closely related to our sin, since death entered into the world at the time when sin was ushered into the world through Adam’s disobedience. Therefore, our diseases and death are indirectly caused by our sins.
Our spiritual healing should always take precedence over our physical recovery. Unfortunately, this isn’t what we witness in the world. Physical wellbeing is what we are concerned with the most and billions of dollars have been invested in finding cures for all sorts of diseases.
“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” cried out Jim Valvano, former basketball coach of NC State who died of cancer at the peak of his career, urging people to not give up the fight against the deadly disease. Since then, a fund drive has been started in his name, raising millions of dollars for cancer research. Surely, no one will give up the fight for their lives if there is any hope at all. Yet, to be very honest, we all lose the fight ultimately. We don’t fight to become immortal; we merely want to prolong our life for a few more years, period.
Why in the world don’t we devote more money and energy into fighting for our eternal destiny? Don’t we realize, compared to eternity, time on earth is but a drop in the bucket?
Being a spiritual physician, I haven’t always felt that I am all that wanted or welcomed by society, for people feel what I have to offer is superfluous at best. If people don’t have any inkling that they are seriously ill spiritually, there is absolutely no need for them to seek help from pastors. What makes it so hard for our profession is not only are we required to prescribe treatment, we also have to convince people that they are truly ill. In most cases, the latter is a more challenging task than the former.
“I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” promised the Lord, as long as people turned to him in true remorse and repentance. Besides, instead of spending so much time caring for our bodies, shouldn’t we spend at least an equal amount of time caring for our souls?