Last week NRHBC/Cross Church published a video in which I was tasked with explaining “Why doesn’t God heal everyone” in about 120 seconds. You can see that video here:
While I am pleased with the video, I would like to expound on it.
The gospels are replete with accounts of Jesus healing the blind, lame, sick, and etcetera. There are so many examples of healing that the question of “why doesn’t Jesus just go ahead and heal everyone?” – both in his days on the earth and in our days – seems legitimate. However, I don’t think this question is the right question.
God does, in fact, heal every day. Think of your smart phone, or car, or house, or…well…anything humans make. None of them are self-healing. But if I have a scrape or a bruise I don’t have to go to the doctor. Our bodies heal scrapes and bruises (if only ACL tears too…).
God heals every day through the self-healing bodies that he crafted for us.
Another way God heals is through doctors and nurses. God gave them the skills, intelligence, opportunity, and everything else they needed to learn how to heal.
The real question from above, then, is not “why doesn’t God heal people?” but “why doesn’t God heal everyone miraculously?”.
In the summer of 2014, my father-in-law was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We prayed diligently. We believed faithfully. So it wasn’t due to a lack of prayer, faith, or spiritual maturity that God didn’t heal my father-in-law miraculously.
Instead, God decided to heal him through the treatment of doctors, nurses, hospitals, technicians, and medicine.
I tore my ACL and meniscus in September of 2014. Again, God didn’t heal me miraculously. But he did heal my knee through the work of doctors, nurses, hospitals, therapists and the like.
Hebrews 2:4 says, “God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
According to this verse, the purpose of signs, wanders, and miracles is to provide a witness to God. Not to pad the pocketbook of so-called faith healers. It is by the mystery of his will that people are healed directly and miraculously.
When God doesn’t heal someone miraculously it isn’t because he doesn’t love them. It may not be for a lack of prayer or faith either.
When you (or a loved one) are sick, trust God’s plans.
Know that no matter what happens, God loves you and wants the very best for you.
This may result in your miraculous healing. Or it may not. Either way, God heals every day.