Many Christians believe that God uses trials and tribulations to make them holy. If this were true, the people who have suffered the most would be the most righteous. From the lives of people who have suffered the most among us, we can see that this is not necessarily the case.
God is never the one who chooses who will be healed and who will not. Some people believe things like this because they see many people attend meetings and not receive healings. Kathryn Kuhlman is said to have said that only a tiny portion of the people who attended her meetings received healing and that an even smaller part was able to maintain it.
In my experience of more than thirty years of being a Christian, I’ve never attended a meeting where every single sick person received their healing. We accept this as the “norm,” but it is not how God desires it to be. The Gospel accounts record seventeen instances in which Jesus healed all of the sick who were present in a meeting. Some examples:
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. (Matthew 4:23 – 24)
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Matthew 8:16 – 17)
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)
And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. (Matthew 14:34 – 36)
Jesus healed every sick person who was brought to Him for healing. He set the goal that we are to pursue! It is what we should be experiencing but not what is happening. Some people receive healing in our meetings, but most do not.
I have seen people not seeking God receive a miracle in a meeting where a Christian with some similar condition that pursues Him night and day does not receive what they are seeking. Many of the faith-stealing doctrines ministers are teaching today came from situations like this that we cannot explain.
The “sovereignty” doctrine implies that God picks and chooses who will be healed and who will not be. It is not God who decides who will and who will not be healed! God is so sovereign that He has already chosen what His will is. It is to heal every single person suffering from any ailment.
Many Christians struggle with the subject of divine healing because they know a “good” person who was not healed and died as a result. We need to understand that there are reasons why these things happen that we may not always understand.
My father passed away several years ago. He had several physical ailments that we were believing for him to be healed. Healing did not manifest, and he left us at the age of seventy-seven. I will not go into the who story, but God did reveal something to me in this situation that is pertinent to our discussion. He showed me that dad experienced a taste of the freedom awaiting him in heaven and chose to leave. It was not the right time, but God honored his choice and allowed him to depart. Dad did not receive his healing, but the reason was he chose to leave instead of continuing to fight. We would never have known this had God not chosen to reveal it to me.
It is not God who chooses to heal one person and not another. He provided healing for all through the stripes of Jesus. God has guaranteed provision in His Word and will not deviate from it.
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