“And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.” 2 Chronicles 16:12–13

Idolatry comes in many forms and we are all prone to it. We should learn about and use His gifts with thanksgiving (and there is a lot of joy and excitement with that), but even His good gifts are not meant to be targets of our worship. We must worship the Creator, and not what He created for us.

And that goes for allopathic medicine, as well. I have seen people talk about their doctors as if they are infallible gods that must be obeyed. And you just have to wonder about the way some people get downright emotional over whether or not I am willing to risk my family’s health/life with health concepts that I believe are dangerous. Doctors are not gods. And neither should we worship their demigods, pharmaceuticals.

Jehovah Rapha can be translated as “God Who Heals.” Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. (Jeremiah 30:17; Jeremiah 3:22; Isaiah 30:26; Isaiah 61:1; Psalm 103:3; Exodus 15:26).

I’d like to remind us all to seek the Lord first when dealing with our health and our ailments, whether it’s with oils, herbs, pharmaceuticals, chiropractors, surgeons, or M.D.s.

In our house, we like to use essential oils in conjunction with prayer whenever we can. We anoint sick family members and pray to our Father in Heaven. We ask Him for guidance and wisdom as we pursue healing.

It wasn’t just for food that God gave us living growing plants; it was also for medicine. Remember, He is also called Jehovah Rapha, which means God is our healer.

God spoke Creation into existence and said, in Genesis, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed…” (Genesis 1:29)

We learn in Ezekiel 47:12 that “Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

And in Psalm 104, we’re taught that “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man…” (Psalm 104:14)

God gifted us (and our animals) with vegetation that we’re to use for food…as well as for medicine.

washingjesusfeetThroughout Scripture we see the use of aromatic oils—essential oils. Did you know that out of 66 books of the Bible, 46 books mention essential oils or the aromatic plants that we get essential oils from? I think that’s worth praying about.

There are 101 references to “anointing oil,” which in many cases refers to essential oils.

Remember, it is ultimately Jehovah Rapha who brings us healing…in whatever way He chooses. I’m willing to pay attention. Are you?

Be sure to read Soothing Spikenard to read how a sinful woman used an essential oil to bless the Lord in a way that Jesus said would be remembered always.