Some would say that when God heals He will always do it instantly and without any medicine. I agree that He is certainly able to do that, and He has done that on many occasions, especially by Jesus. But God also heals naturally, over a period of time, with the use of natural remedies.
This is exactly how God healed Hezekiah, who was deathly ill from a boil. Yes, God had originally intended for Hezekiah to die and He sent Isaiah to tell him so. But as it happened, Hezekiah prayed for his own healing and God changed His mind. He decided to let him live for fifteen more years.
Now the thing I thought was interesting is that He did it by the application of ointment from figs over a period of three days.
Why do I say this is interesting? Well, mainly because just recently I hurt my wrist. And I put some ice on it and bandaged it up. And I prayed for God’s healing. And guess what? In about three days it was back to normal, just like the other wrist. But it’s also interesting because it’s not what we would expect; we would normally expect, from the Bible, stories of instant healing—without any oils or remedies.
But the tragic thing is that God heals us like He did Hezekiah all the time—and we even pray over it, but we don’t very often regard it as a genuine healing from the Lord. We would rather call it a natural healing, or the body’s way of healing itself. But in Hezekiah’s case, though natural means were used, it was still regarded as a healing by the Lord. Read it for yourself.
2 Kings 20:1-7
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.'”
7 Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.