Being Patient for Healing
It always amazes me how people are willing to wait for an antibiotic to work its healing into the body, but when it comes to the healing line, if they do not see an immediate result they give up and say that this healing stuff just doesn’t work. Let’s talk about the importance of being patient for healing.
James admonishes us when he says, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand (Jas. 5:7-8).
As Christians, we need to learn to cultivate this fruit of the Spirit, patience in our lives, and remain patient, being fully persuaded that we will receive our miracles from God. Perhaps, along with the healing, God desires to develop in us a character of strong faith that can endure the test of time.
Consider this example from James about the farmer. He waits patiently for harvest time. But while waiting patiently (not being full of doubt and fear of crop failure), he waters and fertilizes the desired harvest even though he does not see any results in the very beginning. He’s confident that if the conditions are right he will reap a bountiful harvest.
We need to see ourselves as the farmer and our desired harvest is our miracle. Just like this farmer, we need to exercise patience and water and fertilize our seed of faith that has been planted in our hearts with words of hope, expectancy, and thankfulness for His faithfulness to us and our needs. And sometimes we need to be willing to pull a few weeds of doubt and unbelief from the soil of our hearts with repentance so that our desired harvest will not be choked.
Why would patience be important for our healing to manifest? Think about how people respond to situations when they are impatient. They become disappointed, depressed, irritable, and they become very loose with their words. Remember, our words have the power to create or to destroy, see Pr. 18:21. And in this case, words spoken out of impatience are very negative. So, you stunt the growth of your healing when you speak negatively. Which will cause the manifestation of your healing to take longer, or even kill it all together.
Along with speaking words of faith, we need to put our faith into action and plan for and expect to harvest our miracle. We need to use the power of our God-given imagination and allow ourselves to plan what we will do when our miracle manifests.
In the natural, this farmer would not harvest his crop if all he did was talk to the seeds, and neglected to water, weed, and fertilize his garden. It’s the same for us, we must put action behind our words of faith. And quite frankly, if we don’t activate our faith, we don’t believe, and will not reap our healing.
When is the last time you allowed yourself to imagine with God your healing manifested? What would you do? Well, it’s time to imagine yourself healed, speak like you are healed, and act like you are healed.
I guess you could say that miracles can be compared to plants; some take longer to grow and to develop than others. And this is why we need patience, so that we can harvest our healings.