Why God Doesn't Heal Each Sickness, Sickness, and Sickness – Your Each day Bible Verse
Why God doesn't heal every sickness, disease and sickness
By Chris Russell
Does anyone else suffer from you? Let him pray. Is someone happy? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church and pray them over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5: 13-15)
I firmly believe in healing. I have experienced God's healing in my own life and I have seen God heal countless people in the past few decades that I have served. Verses like the one in James that give us great hope in the power of prayer comfort me a lot.
I believe that God heals, but I also believe that healing is not always the only way He chooses for us. Sometimes it is his perfect plan for our lives to allow ourselves to suffer and experience illnesses and sufferings. The reason is that he can often teach us things through suffering that we could never learn through a book or seminar, or through comfort and prosperity.
Paul had a vision problem that God never cured. When Timothy was sick, Paul told him to drink wine (not to go to a healing service). Lazarus, raised from the dead, later died. Paul says that he had a thorn in his side that he prayed that God would always remove it, but God never removed it. Job suffered because God had a greater purpose for him than consolation on this planet. And Job's suffering was not the result of a lack of faith.
Some of the greatest blessings in the world come from God's power in the midst of trials. God changes us, shapes us, strengthens us and builds us up through need. And there is nothing better than the experience of being comforted by God alone in this dark hour.
In the past 25 years that I have been on duty, I have seen people who have been very hurt by the false teaching that God always wants to cure every disease. This is because this belief can cause a massive amount of guilt and disillusionment to those affected in those times when God actually chooses not to heal. The implication is that the suffering Christian simply did not believe enough or hide some kind of sin. I have seen Christians in their faith destroyed because of this faulty teaching.
We have to realize that sometimes it is simply not God's plan to quickly heal or fix a problem for us. And that's fine. He still loves us. He still has a plan. And he still has a profound goal for this pain that can bless us beyond anything we can ever imagine.
God often chooses to heal! But sometimes he teaches us more and pulls us closer when we walk the dark mile of suffering. But to experience such a blessing, it is important that we run to God and not in the middle of a storm.
An epic example of how God can bless in the midst of a tragedy can be found in this post:
"Experience God's grace – even when a child dies"
For more information, see Sensible Faith.
Editor's Note: This text was taken from the original article, "Why Doesn't God Heal Every Illness, Illness, and Illness?" Customized.
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