Will God heal me if I get the corona virus?
In recent days, the World Health Organization has officially classified COVID-19 (or the "coronavirus") as a pandemic. Many people understandably are not only concerned about the virus, but are also wondering if they will recover from it. Or for Christians, many wonder if God will heal them or not if they get the virus.
However, this is by no means a new problem. I would imagine everyone wondering at one time or another, "Will God heal me from it?" if they become seriously ill or injured. In fact, illness, healing and prayer are among the most common topics in many services and prayer times. If you listen to pretty much every prayer, you will hear requests that God heal someone from something.
Does God promise healing?
Will God cure us of an illness – especially something as important as the coronavirus or cancer?
The short answer is … maybe.
Perhaps our immune system will fight the disease naturally in a few days or weeks, or the medications or treatments prescribed by doctors will fight the disease over time. In any case, we must remember that "every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above" (James 1:17, ESV), even if our healing took place in a natural or medical way.
God is the one who designed our immune system to provide a strong defense against disease. God is also the one who imparted intelligence, knowledge, and skill to physicians and scientists.
Or maybe God will choose to answer our fervent prayers and work supernaturally (but still in accordance with His allowable will) to remove the disease immediately or over time. Many verses in Scripture seem to offer us an opportunity for this type of healing, like when James says:
Does anyone else suffer from you? Let him pray. Is someone happy? Let him praise you. 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).
Or maybe God won't heal us. Maybe our immune system is too weak, medication and treatments don't work, doctors can't help, and nothing supernatural takes place. Maybe the disease we have will eventually take us out of this life.
Regardless of how God works in response to our illness and our prayers for healing, we can be sure of these five truths:
1. We can still praise God
No matter how life turns out, we are only responsible for our reaction. As Job stated, we should be careful to praise God whether we receive good or "bad" from the Lord (Job 2:10).
2. God can heal (if he wants)
We can be sure that the same God who created all things receives all things according to his design and plan. May our hearts be as confident in God as the prophet Jeremiah when he prayed.
Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who made heaven and earth with your great strength and with your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for you. Nothing is too difficult for the Lord (Jeremiah 32:17, ESV).
3. God is glorified by our illness or health
The story of Joseph in the Old Testament reminds us that even if we suffer in this life and what happens to us as what is "evil" happens to us, God can and will use it to accomplish His plan and thereby to be glorified.
Jesus himself is our example when he prayed to God in agony in the shadow of his crucifixion and death. "Father, if you want, take this mug from me. Nevertheless, not mine, but your will will be done ”(Luke 22:42, ESV).
4. We will all be healed someday
The pessimist may say that one day we will all die, but the realist trusts that if we die as Christians, we will all experience such a wonderful, eternal healing in heaven that we will forget our suffering on earth. God promises one day:
He will wipe every tear from her eyes and there will be no more death, there will be no more sadness, weeping or pain, because the earlier things have passed away (Revelation 21: 4, ESV).
5. There is no need to worry
Kyle Bueerman wrote in this article: “There is no room for panic for the follower of Christ in our worldview. This world is not our home. Our hope is not in heads of government, in sports teams, in good health or on the stock exchange. "
Instead, our hope lies in Jesus Christ, who not only defeated sin, death, grave and hell, but who is still alive today and who hears our prayers. And the same Jesus explains to us (his followers) today:
"So I tell you, don't worry about your life, what you're going to eat or drink, or your body, what you're going to wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the air birds: they don't sow and reap and don't gather in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you more valuable than them? And who of you who are afraid can extend your life span by an hour? And why are you worried about clothes? Look at the lilies of the field as they grow: they do not work and do not turn, but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arranged as one of them. But if God dresses the grass of the field that lives today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, won't he dress you much more, oh you little faith? So don't worry and say, "What should we eat?" Or "What should we drink?" Or "What should we wear?" Because the Gentiles are looking for all of these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you. So don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will be concerned about yourself. His own problems are sufficient for the day "(Matthew 6: 25–34, ESV).
What does that mean?
Will God heal me or you if we get a virus, disease, or cancer that the world even says is "incurable"? He might or might not be in this life. But the great hope we have as believers is that if we first seek God's kingdom and justice, we can be confident that whatever happens, God will be glorified, His plan will be fulfilled, and we will reap eternal rewards in heaven wherever we are will definitely be cured!
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Robert Hampshire is the senior pastor of Village Church in Churchville, Virginia. He has been married to Rebecca since 2008 and has three children, Brooklyn, Bryson and Abram. Robert attended North Greenville University in South Carolina for his bachelor's degree and Liberty University in Virginia for his master's. He has served in various roles as a worship pastor, youth pastor, family pastor and now as a pastor. He promotes his service through his blog site Pastoring a Village: Sermons, Thoughts, Devos. His goal in life is to serve God and his church by reaching the lost with the gospel, making devoted disciples, equipping and empowering others to continue in their faith and calling, and leading a culture of multiplication to the glory of God. Find out more about him here.