What if God doesn’t want to heal me? Will you say I’ve not enough faith or does God not have enough power?
Are Christians guilty of opposing God’s work borne of suffering? Will we not entertain the prospect of God’s will to not only allowing suffering but ordaining it and using it powerfully? You can hardly turn around before someone’s declaring healing in your body – and that’s not improper, but even Jesus in the garden allowed God’s will to be done. He could have called legions of angels to rescue Him. Legions! Or is it our fear or reticence to even suggest God might not heal? Do we think it makes our faith look shaky, as if we do not properly believe? Or are we just afraid of verbalizing this possibility? Trust Him, God has a plan.
When Peter tried to persuade Jesus not to go to the cross “Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’” Matthew 16:23 (NIV) We don’t think we are at cross purposes with God’s will when we assure each other our healing has already come. What about the one who’s faith is weak? He comes to our altars and we lay our hands on him and say, “Praise God, you are healed!” We encourage him to “claim” healing. What must he think if God does not respond? Will he think God does not want to heal him? Yet do we fear that ourselves? People lay hands on you and pray at the altar for deliverance, yet does anyone follow up? I have been prayed for many times for my health condition to be gone, but no one has ever asked me if I was healed.
God’s will is to heal, but sometimes He has a different plan than we do. Will our brother is Christ think he is to blame? Will he think his faith is too weak? So how do we strike a balance? Preach the whole Word of God. The Bible speaks of our “light and momentary afflictions” when teaching how glory will someday overcome our physical afflictions.
The Bible is filled with examples – Job, Paul, Lazarus and, most notably, Jesus who suffered in His physical body. Some, like Job, did receive healing ultimately; then there are others, like Paul, whom God refused to heal, but offered His grace in the place of healing. Later Paul went on to say:
“I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” Philippians 3:10 (NIV)
The sickness of Jesus was ours; He bore it so we could be free from the power of sin and death. This was God’s will. Someday everyone will be healed, but not everyone will be healed here.
Don’t be discouraged. If we aren’t ready to accept what God allows, how will we withstand the storms of life? Like a tree with shallow roots that will not stand in the wind of adversity so our faith will be when we are tested.
Ask God to heal you, but we prepared if He does not. Trust God with what only He can do and submit to His will.