“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”
3 John 1:2
Quite a number of people have this idea that seeking the doctor’s help when you’re sick or taking medicine shows that one lacks faith in God. That is not true and today we will look at what the bible says about this.
Ezekiel 47:12 says: “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”
The verse above supports the claim that many medicines are made out of nature which God himself created, so taking medication cannot be a lack of faith. You must realize that it should not always be an either-or situation. You can take medication and still believe God for healing.
After all, outside of God’s help, medicine will not work. One might use the experience of King Asa in the old testament to argue that seeking doctors means one does not trust God, but let us study it in context.
In 2 Chronicles, Asa is introduced as a young king who wins battles with small armies simply by the help of God. In 2 Chronicles 16 however, he no longer cares about God’s backing but puts his faith in his connections and his large army.
When God sent a prophet to correct him of this wrong, he put the prophet in prison. He then had a disease in his feet. Yet, instead of him to repent and seek God, he sought out doctors. This is why God was angry with him.
I hope you understand the scenario now. In some occasions, healing can be a combination of natural medicine and a supernatural touch. An example is the recovery of King Hezekiah in Isa 38: 21.
After God sent a word that he would be healed, the prophet still instructed that a poultice be placed over the boil. So, this teaches us not to yield to any of the extremes.
Let’s see one more example in the New Testament writings.
“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”
1 Timothy 5:23
Here, we see Apostle Paul to use medication for a certain health challenge that Timothy was dealing with. Does this mean that Apostle Paul didn’t believe in the healing power of God? Emphatically No!
Your faith is not in opposition to natural medicine and vice versa. Think on this!