6. IS HEALING CERTAIN? P 2
2 Healing will always stand aside when it would be seen as threat. The instant it is welcome it is there. Where healing has been given it will be received. And what is time before the gifts of God? We have referred many times in the text to the storehouse of treasures laid up equally for the giver and the receiver of God’s gifts. Not one is lost, for they can but increase. No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. Let him be certain it has been received, and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse.
Here are the two sentences that are most meaningful to me.
Healing will always stand aside when it would be seen as threat.
We have already talked about some of the ways that healing can be seen as a threat. When we choose sickness, and sickness is always a choice, we do so for a reason. We see some value in sickness and that value outweighs the pain and suffering that is part of sickness. It outweighs the final result, which is death. So having sickness suddenly taken from us can be jarring and unwelcome. Jesus says that when healing is unwelcome, it will wait until it is no longer seen as a threat.
Let him be certain it has been received, and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse.
So if we pray for someone’s healing and it does not seem to occur that our prayer is answered, we need not be concerned. The healing has been received. Knowing that this is true, we can wait patiently for the person to accept it, knowing that acceptance will come in perfect timing as the person can do so without fear. Our function is to extend love (healing) and then we are done. It is not our function to judge that healing or the patient’s acceptance.