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Today’s Question: Dear Tom, thank you for your faith-inspiring article [on healing]! My husband and I know the Lord heals. He healed me miraculously when He brought me into the precious truth. We've experienced miracles as of late too! I have been for a long time trying to understand by scripture if there is a place at all for the medical establishment in a Christian's life. Do you see scripture for Doctors being okay? I just really want to know where I stand on this issue, once and for all. It seems double-minded to say God heals, but that doctors are good too.

Sincerely, Lori Silva

Bible Answer: Medicine and doctors have their place. After all Luke himself was a physician, and it doesn't seem that he gave up his practice just because he became a believer. God used him to write two major books in the New Testament.

Paul, who God used many times to heal, also encourages the medicinal use of wine to Timothy: "Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses" (1 Tim 5:23). Paul’s advice shows he was practical in his approach to healing as well as spiritual. We need that balance.

In the Old Testament, we see that the prophet told Hezekiah to apply some figs to his life-threatening sore, and through the word of prophecy and the application of the figs, he was healed. "Isaiah had said, 'Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover" (Isa 38:21).

I do not find a problem with applying both natural and spiritual remedies for healing. Even Jesus said that the sick need a physician (Luke 5:31).

We also need to be careful not to put our trust in doctors. Too many believers seek first doctors before they seek the Lord. Asa did that, and he died as a result of this mistake. "In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians" (2 Chr 16:12).

God was not upset that Asa saw doctors, but He was angry that he sought help "only from the physicians". That is when we get into trouble. We should learn from Asa's mistake; put the Lord first, and trust only Him to heal and yet be practical and use physicians, medicine, or natural remedies when needed.

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