Why Doesn’t God Heal All?
Text: 2 Corinthians 12
If the Apostle Paul could stand before you right now, I don’t think he would be nice to look at. I think you would see a man with very poor eyesight, weak, hunched over, sickly, and scarred. Paul lived with a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7). Three times he asked God to take away his thorn. The Greek actually calls it a “stake” upon which he was impaled. And Paul had endured this sickness for a long time.
Like many of God’s choicest saints, Paul lived with chronic illness. He wasn’t healed of all of his infirmities. So why didn’t God heal Paul? Why doesn’t God heal all the sick?
Paul wasn’t weak in the faith. His life wasn’t full of sin. He lived in the will of God and walked hand in hand with the Lord. His illness can’t be blamed on any of those things. Yet he remained sick.
Scripture shows that God doesn’t always heal. And He often has a loving purpose in sickness. First, Power comes through suffering and sickness. God told Paul that His strength was “made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Second, productivity comes through suffering and sickness. The world has been blessed over and again through the ministry of those who have suffered(I Cor. 1:6). Third, purity comes through suffering and through sickness. Job experienced this principle. He said, “When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). And fourth, praise comes through suffering and sickness. Jesus said there was a sickness “not unto death, but for the glory of God” (John 11:4).
Friend, you can glorify God with your health, with your sickness, and even with your death. Isn’t it wonderful that in all things He can have the preeminence?
This message taken from the teachings of Dr. Adrian Rogers and his ministry, Life Worth Finding, www.lfg.org.