God made a declaration to the Israelites under the Old Covenant in Exodus 15:26 that is so easy to understand, you’d have to try hard to mess it up. He said, “I am the Lord who heals you.” Some translations have different words but express the same thought. “I am the Lord your Healer.” “I am the Lord your Physician.” However you slice it, this is a plain declaration about who God is.
People sometimes say, “What a wonderful promise. Let’s stand on the promise!” But Exodus 15:26 is not a promise; it is far better than a promise. It is a declaration of who God IS. Since God assures us that He does not change (“I am the Lord; I change not” – Malachi 3:6), if He could say “I AM the Lord who heals you” back then, He still IS “The Lord who heals you.” Otherwise He’s changed, and we know that He hasn’t.
Yet people in the church world almost always miss this simple truth and change it into either the past tense or the future tense. In other words, they change it into either “I WAS the Lord who heals you” or “I WILL BE the Lord who heals you.”
Let’s start with the first one. To listen to most people in the church world today, you would have the impression that God WAS the Lord who heals you, but He isn’t the Lord who heals you anymore. “That was just for the Jews,” some say. Isn’t it amazing that the Jews could have received a blanket covenant of healing under the Old Covenant and we supposedly have to do without it under a better covenant established upon better promises (Hebrews 8:6)? No, God hasn’t changed, the church has changed. God has always done healing and miracles where people will believe His Word; just read through the book of Acts and see what God does in the church where people just take Him at His word. “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” is just as valid today as it was when Jesus first said it.
Furthermore, you don’t need to have hands laid on you to receive healing, though it’s scriptural to receive healing that way. You can just “believe you receive when you pray” (Mark 11:24) even if no one is there with you at the time. You know that God offers healing to you because He is the Lord who heals you; all you need to do is receive what He offers, not try to beg and plead and cajole God into doing something that He stands ready to do anyway!
The other end of things is believing in error that God WILL BE the Lord who heals you. In other words, believing that God is making your wait for your healing for some strange, sovereign, mysterious reason. This is believing that God is NOT the Lord who heals you right now – but if you wait long enough, He will be. But the Bible is plain that God IS the Lord who heals you RIGHT NOW.
2 Corinthians 6:2 defines God’s time for any aspect of salvation – it’s today! God isn’t making anyone wait; we make Him wait for us to line ourselves up with His Word and believe it. You can receive your healing anytime – it’s yours by covenant because Jesus took stripes on His back by which you “were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). By the way, that word healed is the same Greek word that “physician” is derived from, and the same Greek word is used between 2 and 3 dozen times in the New Testament in reference to physical healing. Check it out for yourself with a concordance if you don’t believe me! It can’t refer to spiritual healing anyway because your spirit wasn’t healed when you were born again; you got a new spirit.
That’s why I cringe on the inside when someone says “I believe the Lord is GOING TO heal me.” I know right away that the person is hope rather than faith because faith receives when your pray and doesn’t let go of it. A person who is in faith instead of mere hope would say, “I believe I’ve received my healing.” The only “going to” would be, “And it’s GOING TO manifest in my body!” But if you’re waiting for a manifestation before you believe you have your healing, you’re operating on Thomas’s level of faith, not Abraham’s. Abraham “called those things that be not as though they were”, while Thomas said, “I’ll only believe it when I see it!” We should act like children of Abraham, not children of Thomas!