|Defective notions about
Godís relation to evil are often based on skewed
readings of the Old Testament. In Isaiah 45:7, for instance,
God "causes well-being and creates calamity." Does
this mean that the Lord hands out good with one hand and
evil with the other? Tradition has often assumed so.
But letís remember that thereís no calamity in
heaven, where our Fatherís will is done perfectly. In
order to create calamity (sickness, for instance), all God
has to do is withhold blessing (healing, for instance). And
He only does so because He refuses to work against Himself
by rewarding our disobedience or locking us into spiritual
That said, letís turn to a few more
"stoppers" that get in the way of Godís healing
Church tends to forget
Why, then, do so many serious Christians think
sickness is Godís will? Because the Church tends to
forget that Satan is still a poisonous presence in our
world, and will be until Christ comes again. Bad health is
always and only the devilís will, but unless the Church
enforces its covenant right to wellness, disease is
"just around the corner."
But even if disease isnít Godís will, doesnít He
"permit" it for some higher purpose? Only in
the sense that He permits the human race to sin and reap the
consequences. Of course our troubles in this fallen world
arenít always our own fault; often we reap the evil that
other people have been sowing. But in any case, when God
brings good out of evil Heís simply making the best use of
a bad situation. Itís never true that He wants us sick
"to teach us something."
never wastes an opportunity
But how about Christians whose sickness brings them
into a deeper relationship with the Lord? Again, the
answer is that God never wastes an opportunity. If your
child is flat on her back with flu, youíre in a position
to share things with her that you canít when sheís on
the run. But would you give her flu, or "permit"
her to get it, for the sake of a deeper relationship? I donít
What about sickness that glorifies God? To glorify
God means to "manifest His excellences." Can we
agree that Godís excellences are not manifested by
sickness? Certainly God can be glorified in the midst of
sickness, but thatís a different matter entirely.
Lord is our Healer
What about our duty to share in Jesusí suffering? Nowhere
does the Bible suggest that Jesus was sick during His
earthly walk. The Greek word for "suffer" (pascho)
normally means "to endure," "to hang in
there." Persecution is the issue, not sickness. Jesus
endured persecution, and weíre called to endure it as
necessary for His sake. This, and nothing else, is what it
means to share in His suffering.
Dear ones, letís celebrate this holy season by making
up our minds, once and for all, that God is always the way
youíd expect the Father of Jesus to be--like Jesus
(Hebrews 1:3). Our Lord is our Healer, and He never
acts against His nature or violates His promises!
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here