20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:20, 22
We have a Physician and He has medicine. Some spectacular “Christians” want to paint a picture of a God who waves a magic wand over you in order to heal you. No, we must see God as a Physician who has medicine. The word “health,” in verse 22 is the Hebrew word that also means medicine. The Word of God is medicine to all your flesh not your spirit. “Flesh” refers to your body. It is the body that gets sick with fever, pneumonia, and any other sickness and disease of every kind. When you go to see a doctor, he sends you home with medicine, expecting that it is potent enough to continue whatever treatment he began in the hospital. Psalm 107:20 shows us that God sends His Word to us to effect healing and deliverance. My understanding from this verse of Scripture is that His Word is medicine.
There are medicines that cure you when you are sick and there are those that prevent sickness. Some medicines do both, they prevent you from getting sick; but just in case you do get sick, they also cure you. God’s Word works well as both a preventive and a curative medicine.
Taking medicine as a cure is a more obvious practice. If you are experiencing symptoms of diagnosed or undiagnosed sickness and disease, you need to take God’s Word diligently and your healing will manifest. However, often overlooked, are medicines meant to be taken as prophylactics. For example, if you intend to travel to another country, you may be required to go to a doctor for a check-up prior to your trip. Even if the doctor certifies you totally healthy and the country you are going to is riddled with sickness and disease, the doctor is still likely to administer preventive medicine. In other words, when you don’t feel any signs of sickness and everything is going fine in your body, you are meant to keep on taking God’s Word as your medicine.
Remember God sees you in a natural state of wellness, thus His medicine works easier when it is taken regularly as a preventive measure.
Confession: God’s Word is medicine. It is my curative and preventive medicine.