“Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him” (Luke 5:13, NLT).
One of the sad facts of life is sickness. The world is full of doctors and researchers trying to find cures for everything from the flu to cancer but still we suffer. We look to God for healing but many times it doesn’t come. We agonize over disrupted and lost lives. Our questions go unanswered as we continue to ask why doesn’t God heal us? Some try to explain it away as lack of faith while others decide God just doesn’t care.
Jesus healed a lot of people during his time on earth. They flocked to him for help, doing things from sneaking up to touch his clothing to breaking a hole in a roof to reach him. When the leper in Luke 5 asked if Jesus was willing to heal him, his answer was yes, he was willing. He was willing to stand for hours, healing and caring for all who came to him. We know he is still willing to help us today as his heart is always for us. But we know suffering is part of life and many times we have to accept that healing won’t come until later, when we are with God. Healing will come and it won’t be temporary. We will be forever healed in every way.