Scripture clearly instructs us to pray for healing (James 5:16). Jesus healed all who came to him. The disciples healed many as well. And most Christians have seen and experienced God’s miraculous healing in their own lives, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional.
But what happens when God doesn’t heal? What does it mean? Does this mean we are not good enough to be healed? No. Does He not love us? No, that’s not it either. Why doesn’t God heal when we pray for it? This post will give four reasons why sometimes God does not bring healing when we ask:
1) The curse of sin is death – Let me say it again: the curse of sin is death. When Adam and Eve broke God’s law in the garden of Eden, they brought death into the world. God’s grace was actually shown in this instance by not killing them immediately. Instead, God allows sinful men and women to live and exist and worship Him. However, because of the curse of sin, we will all die a physical death in this world.
Think about it this way: if God always healed everyone who asked for it then no one would ever die. It is a blessing that we do die because through our death and resurrection in Christ we will inherit perfect bodies that will never die. In order to live eternally, we must first die mortally (unless we are alive when Christ comes back – then we will be changed in an instant).
2) God allows sickness in our lives for our good and His glory – Many times through the struggle of asking to be healed, we grow closer to Him and as a result become satisfied in Him and Him alone. Through this, God is glorified. Look at what Paul says about when he asked God for healing one time:
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from being conceited.” (1 Cor. 12:7).
There is much debate as to what this thorn was, but, whatever it was, it was given to Paul to save him from himself. Our object of worship should be Christ; not ourselves or our gifts. In God’s grace, he allows negative things to happen in order to turn our heart towards Him.
3) So that we’ll give thanks in all circumstances – God’s lack of healing in our life (at least to our standards) enable us to come to a frame of mind where we can give thanks in all circumstances. Look what Paul told the Thessalonian church:
“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thes. 5:18)
Sometimes God’s best for you is for you to come to a point where you will trust Him in all things. And being sick enables you to do that.
4) Ultimate healing will come through Jesus and our resurrection – God will heal all believers. There will be a day where there will be no more sickness, no more pain, and no more suffering. There will be a day with no more tears. And this day will never end. And in this we will find perfect and everlasting healing.