“My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits. He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases.”
Psalms 103:2-3 HCSB
As humans, there is a tendency to make conclusions about God based on our experiences. For example, God is a provider only when we receive what we prayed for; He is good only when we see good things happen around us. Yet, Scripture shows us a God who is constant and unwavering in good or bad times.
Hebrews 1:3a NLT says, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.” His goodness is not discerned by time and seasons but in the person of Jesus Christ. Thus, we must look to the person of Christ to tell us about God.
Many people believe that sickness is a means through which God disciplines and trains His children. Some are unwilling to apply wisdom in difficult situations because they have assumed that it is from God.
A typical scriptural backing for this ideology is the life of Job. The common thought is that God did not stop Satan from harming Job. Instead, He seemed to oblige the devil by removing the hedge of protection around Job. But careful Biblical interpretation reveals that is not quite so.
First, Job was a man who sought righteousness by his works. From the book’s opening, we see that he made sacrifices in case any of his children had sinned (Job 1: 5). As a result, Job thought his works should have preserved him from harm. We even see him accuse God of harming him (Job 16: 7-14, 27: 1-6).
Second, we must reckon that knowledge of God is progressive. Being one of the oldest books of Scripture, Job contains limited knowledge of God , the operation of Satan, and the fallen state of the world and man. People attributed everything that happened to God but, we see that it was Satan who struck Job and not God (Job 1:9-12)
Now, because of Christ, we know better than Job. Jesus never turned away anyone who came for healing. Instead, “whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed – he healed them all” (Matthew 4:24 NLT).
Beloved, you are not Job. The devil can no longer accuse you because Christ has cancelled your debt (Colossians 2:14). Christ has become your mediator, and you are the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5: 21).
Finally, sickness and suffering do not come from God. He is a giver of good and perfect gifts (James 1:17). Although troubling times, disease, and suffering may come, He is the God who heals us.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 4:27-42, I Peter 1:1-9, Ecclesiastes 10, Jeremiah 32-34