Testing God

I had dinner with a friend last night who is a certified nurse assistant. We were talking about my lupus as I have been feeling really fatigued recently and my latest bloodwork came back with some abnormalities. She listened patiently which I appreciated, and then told me to fast and pray and God would heal me.

She told me a story about how she had a patient whom she cared for at home. A woman with terminal cancer and a prognosis to live for only two weeks. My friend cared for her and prayed with her and convinced her to stop all her medications. When the lady went to see her doctor, her doctor said her labs came back better. She ended up living for six more years.

These miraculous stories inspire me and worry me at the same time. I whole heartedly believe that God can heal anyone of anything, but as a trained physician I don’t believe in discontinuing all medication or stopping all treatment. I’ve had several patients refuse medication, telling me that God will take care of them, and they don’t need drugs. I’m impressed by their faith, but concerned about their eagerness to stop life-saving treatment.

I guess the way I see it is that God has the ultimate power to heal by faith, but that doesn’t mean we should test Him. I believe God created different herbs and plants so that we can make medications to help people. I also believe God gave us special talents to become doctors,healers, nurses, and scientists, and He uses us to do His work. These are my thoughts, what are yours?

7 thoughts on “Testing God

  1. I have several friends who believe firmly in faith healing. While I love and respect them, I have problems with their theology. It’s fine to fast and pray and ask God to heal you. It’s fine to have the church pray over you. But God can not be manipulated. You can’t say “See, I fasted and prayed so now You have to heal me.” Your days were ordained before the world began. God gets to decide. But I struggle possibly hearing that my cancer has returned. I know that I’d have my defibrillator deactivated and go off anti arrhythmic medications; tell God “You decide.” But how far can that be taken? At what point does it become a demand to be healed?

  2. Reminds me of a joke, which I cannot totally remember of course, but it was something like this…

    Betty got cancer, and went to her doctor who suggested seeing a specialist.

    “No”, said Betty, “God will heal me.”

    As she got sicker, her doctor suggested the oncologist or maybe an agressive treatment center so Betty went and heard a team of doctors tell her that she needed to do X, Y and Z and she’d be ‘cured’.

    “No, no…I will pray and God will heal me.”

    Betty died, and standing before God she sobbingly asked Him, “Why? Why God did you ignore my prayers and let me die?”

    God sighed and rubbed His brow, “Betty, Betty, Betty….I did answer your prayers. Remember all those doctors?”

  3. I have a good friend who has a chronic illness. She’s believed, from the start, that God will heal her and this has resulted in her shutting down to all other options. She’s unwilling to hear any suggestions that may make things a bit easier for her, even things that she’s entitled to in terms of her care. Last week our church had a healing service, she managed to get out to it but didn’t get healed. She’s now very disheartened by it, blaming herself for it. I find it very sad and, in a way, I’m wondering if our own particular church set her up for a fall. I mean, you don’t have to go to a particular service to be healed. God is everywhere and is capable of great things even when you’re at home sick, right?
    My opinion is maybe quite simplistic. I believe that healing comes in many different forms, including having the strength to say that you can’t do something on a particularly bad day, to being thankful that you’re able to walk a little further than the day before. Healing isn’t always miraculous as we’ve come to expect in terms of our physical bodies. I see it as a process, a long one at times, where you come to accept your situation and work to improve it.

    1. I agree. We expect this big miracle ( which I believe can happen), but sometimes fail to see the little ones.

  4. I recall a very testing time as a young Mom of a newborn. She had an illness that was life threatening. I was in a literal emotional bubble. Moving about in a daze of anxiety. At this time my Mother in law brought her church members to the hospital and they all prayed over this tiny baby. They worked together with the Doctors (who are also Gods children) and she was healed. I believe God works through Doctors. But in the end its all his plan. BTW that little baby is 32 now 🙂

  5. I have several terrible diseases, but for every disease, God has sent me a fantastic doctor to help me with them. The doctors in themselves have truly been my miracles. I have a question though. I, too, have lupus. I was diagnosed in 2011, at which time my rheumatologist (who’s been practicing since 1973 and is fantastic) ran a bunch of bloodwork to diagnose me. Since then, he hasn’t run ANY bloodwork. Is that normal? How often should bloodwork be done in someone with lupus?

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