Does God still heal today? This question is heard around the world, and often, this is the very question that echoes in our own hearts when we (or a loved one) are struggling with illness. Often, the first thing we need to do when we’re searching for healing is to turn to the Bible. There are many Bible verses about healing the body, and we’ll get to them further into the post.
There’s no one that’s immune from illness or injury, it’s just a matter of how we’re touched (or throttled) by those very things.
It’s natural to question how God can help us when were struggling and suffering. Thankfully, God has given us his
word. The problem is, though, sometimes we get a little impatient while we wait for healing. And sometimes, we think we have better ideas than God.
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When we think we have a better plan than God.
We’ve all thought it at one point or another, whether consciously or not. We often think that we have all the answers… that we know the perfect solution! If only God would just catch up and get on board!
But that’s not truth at all. The Bible is filled with verses about healing, but it is also filled with stories of people walking through wilderness, challenges and afflictions. God doesn’t say everything will be easy, and he doesn’t say everything will be exactly as we humans plan. In fact, sometimes God uses those very struggles in our lives to shape us and refine us.
One of my favorite Bible passages is this one:
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2nd Corinthians 12:7-9
Sometimes the things that hurt us most- our ‘thorn,’- is the very thing that God uses to keep us from corruption.
God is working all things for the good of those who love him.
Now, because God is working his plan, does that mean we should just sit back and wait? Should we stay in our current situation (no matter how unhealthy) so that we don’t get in his way? No, that’s not God’s intention.
There are so many Bible verses about healing the body. There are Bible verses about healing the sick. Bible verses about strength, endurance, patience. There are Bible verses about prayer.
God wants us to call on him. He wants us to call on him in the midst of our joy, blessings, happiness, and also in the midst of our sorrow and hurt.
What God does say is this:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
God is working things for our good. He sees everything… the big picture. We’re limited to what we can see right in front of us. God has the birds eye view, and he’s working; Even when we don’t think he is.
Wouldn’t you rather trust the one that holds the whole world in his hands?
Trust and believe these words from Psalm 23. As you read them, let them wash over your soul. Often, it’s our soul that needs to heal, before our bodies can begin to heal. This passage may not fit into the category of “Bible verses about healing the body,” but it beautifully illustrates the great care of our loving Father.
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23
Bible verses about healing the body
Now that we’ve talked a bit about the sovereignty of God, let’s dig into some of the Bible verses about healing.
Bible Verses about healing the body:
- “You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love, you kept me from the pit of destruction; You have put all my sins behind your back.” – Isaiah 38:16-17
- “And my God will meet all your needs, according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
- “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelations 21:4
- “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2nd Chronicles 7:14
- “When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”‘- Matthew 8:14-17
- While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered him, ‘Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.'”- Luke 5:12-14
- “While they were going out, a man who was demon possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.'” – Matthew 9:32-33
- “Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.” – Matthew 9:20-22 (Click here to find out why this passage has special significance to me).
- “‘I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,’ says the Lord, ‘And I will heal them.”‘ – Isaiah 57:18-19
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30