When Healing Doesn’t Happen

About the Issue of Healing

Many people have questions about healing, especially when healing doesn’t happen for them. They, or their friends or family members, may have chronic conditions that, medically speaking, will never go away. They may have repeatedly prayed, asking God to take away the problems. They may have heard about other people who have been healed. They may have a bedrock strong faith. They may have heard Christians say, “Do this,” “Believe this,” or “Just have faith.” And these people are very bewildered. It can be a very confusing subject.

When healing doesn’t happen, people may well turn their backs on God. But that isn’t the best option. Read on to find out how others have dealt with the questions about God that arise when healing doesn’t happen.

Connected Carole's Opinion

I unequivocally believe God can and does heal today. Yet, He has not healed me. How do I reconcile the belief with my reality? After much study and even more prayer, I am convinced of three things.

  1. God loves me. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world … .”
  2. God is all-powerful. Job 9:4: “God is wise and all-powerful.”
  3. God doesn’t do things the way I think they should be done. Isaiah 55:6-7: “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”

Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-lawI’m left with the choice: Do I trust God that He is working good in my life (Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him …”), or don’t I? I return repeatedly to trusting Him because of His great love and power. I have experienced His sustaining power throughout these 38 years.

Many more questions exist about God and healing, but this is the baseline for me when healing doesn’t happen.


For Further Research

Authors through the ages have dealt with these questions. Here are some places to start your own search. Or talk to other Christians about their ideas. Just be careful and carefully evaluate your sources.

Joni Eareckson Tada, quintessential contemporary authority on disability, deals with the question about not receiving healing in several of her books. One book is When God Weeps, Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

The Where Is God Ministries’ website speaks to the issue of how to live when Christians aren’t healed.

For an in-depth look at the question of why God allows suffering and evil, see Phillip Yancey’s Where Is God When It Hurts?

I hope and pray you find God’s answers for your own situation.

Rest Ministries viewpoint on healingIt is hard when someone asks us (or tells us) why we are not healed, isn’t it?

And even if we kind of know how we feel, it can be difficult to grab those correct scriptures. We hope this helps offer you a resource when asked about your spiritual beliefs and how they address suffering?

We believe that God can and does heal in our current day. We also believe, however, that God offers strength in our weakness and, at times, allows us to grow spiritually, although not always comfortably, by allowing the “thorns” into our lives, (2 Cor. 12:9).

We believe that God can heal despite our lack of faith, if it is his will, therefore, we are not able to meet a formula of “praying harder,” and be guaranteed an outcome of healing (Mark 6:5,6). Illness is not necessary a sign that we have done something wrong (John 9:3) nor that we have “hidden sin” in our lives, (John 5:14).

We caution against worshiping “the idea of healing” rather than God, (Exodus 20:3). Although we encourage people to pray for God’s healing, we also comfort them in their pain; as we believe that we are called to comfort others in their pain, as God has comforted us in our own (2 Cor. 1:3-5), even when we are still living with pain in our own lives (1 Peter 4:10).

We believe that scripture tells us that we will suffer (John 16:33) and Romans 8:17 is very clear on why we suffer: “we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” Everyone defines “suffering” differently but for many of us here at Rest Ministries we see one of the purposes in our suffering is to bring glory to God–even if we don’t fully understand how. This is not to say God can’t heal us–He can! But if He does so the reasons are one of the mysteries of God.

Like King Herod, (Luke 23:8-11) people want to see a sign–they like physical healings because they are much easier for us to understand (and more fun to celebrate!). But God is holy and not here to entertain us. He is much more concerned about our character and who we are in Him rather than our temporary comfort.

Paul also wrote Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Even when our suffering seems pointless, God has a plan.

John 16:33 starts out kind of depressing, “You will have suffering in this world.” But the scripture continues. . . “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. But be courageous! I have conquered the world.” He has conquered the world! It doesn’t say He will conquer the world–He has conquered the world.

So why does He allow so much suffering? Because He is just waiting for more to find Him. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ”To me, that’s evidence of a loving God, that He would care that much for you.” (2 Peter 3:9)

As Ecclesiastes 7:8 states, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”

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