by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
Do you need healing? Are you struggling in your efforts to receive it? Do you feel surrounded and overwhelmed by the symptoms, the doctors reports, the unbelief of friends and family — crowding around you and choking off your faith?
The Psalmist in God’s Word felt exactly what you are feeling. He knew what it was like to be surrounded by so many enemies at once and hearing their taunting voices trying to convince him that God would not come through for him: “Lord, how are they increased that trouble me. Many there be that rise up against me. Many there be that say of my soul, ‘There is no help for him in God.'” (Psalm 3:1-2). But his response to that problem was to turn his attention to God. “But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter of my head.”
Another of our great forefathers in the faith, King Jehoshaphat, faced the same kind of situation: The kingdom of Judah was facing annihilation as the mighty armies of three nations came against it. Jehoshaphat called the people to a fast, and as they stood before the Lord, he prayed, reminding God of His faithfulness and saying, ” … We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee.” God gave them a total victory the very next morning.
In both instances, these men of faith did exactly the same thing to find a solution to their problem: They took their eyes off the enemy and put them on God alone.
That action is exactly what the Lord instructs us to do in the midst of what looks like a hopeless situation and certain defeat. In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “Feat not, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. If we have a God whose capable of defeating any enemy — and who has promised to do so — then we don’t need to look at the enemy, the problems, the imminent destruction. Where do we look? We look at our God.
There is a light from God — and from His Word — that will lighten you. It will burn through the thick fog of doubt and suffocating fear and infiltrate you with its illumination and warmth. It will lift your faith — enlarge your faith — increase your faith — strengthen your faith — and bring you the victory.
There’s an old gospel song from the 1800’s by William A. Ogden entitled “Look and Live.” The chorus of that song says,
“Look and live, my brother, live;
Look to Jesus now and live,
It’s recorded in His Word, hallelujah
That you only have to look and live.”
Yes, looking is the key. But looking the right direction is what makes the difference in whether that key works in the lock. We must look to Jesus and His Word. Hebrews 3:1 admonishes us to “consider Jesus, the High Priest of our profession.” That word “consider” in the original Greek means “exercise your mind on.” What a perfect picture of the meaning of meditation. We are to “exercise our mind” on Jesus. Think about Him — about how He never — never — never turned down any person who came to Him for healing. And then think about how He is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
Hebrews 12:2 says, ” … Let us run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Jesus is the author of our faith, because He is the Word of God. (John, chapter one). It is the Word that tells us of God and what He has done for us. Nothing but the Word can reveal to us the truth of God’s love, mercy, and healing, so nothing but the Word can create faith in us for those things. (Romans 10:17). And that same Word continues to feed and strengthen our faith if we will keep our eyes on it.
We keep our eyes on Jesus by keeping our eyes on His Word.
So don’t look around you at the forest, dark with unbelief and fear. Look up to Jesus, your Healer — and keep looking up for as long as it takes. He isn’t going anywhere. He’ll be right there when you look to Him, and He’ll stick with you until you have the full manifestation of your healing from Him.