The question of why God chooses to heal some people and does not heal others bothers a lot of people. However, here is the answer the Bible gives to this question.
After Adam and Eve sinned, all people face diseases and sufferings. We all know how painful it is to watch how your dear ones suffer and go through difficult times. It is in the times like this that we ask God questions about His desire to heal some people and leave others to deal with these difficulties on their own without His instant healing.
Is it because God cannot heal everyone?
The answer here would be no. He can heal everyone. He is the One who created every living being on the earth. He is the only one who can heal us, as He knows our bodies and can control their functioning.
In fact, here are several stories from the Bible where God heals people.
“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.” (Matthew 8:5-15)
“When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:15-17)
“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48)
“While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.” (Luke 8:49-56)
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As you see, there are real stories that show that Jesus has the power to heal people. However, as life shows us, God does not heal all people. You might wonder why He heals some and doesn’t heal others.
There are several opinions about this among people familiar with the matter. First of all, God is not just allowing diseases to happen to us because He is an angry God who wants us to suffer. He is letting them happen because He wants to achieve something in our understanding of Him and His nature.
Therefore, there are no meaningless sufferings; they are meant to achieve certain goals in us. Also, it is in the midst of sufferings that God is teaching us valuable lessons. People are harsh in all the other circumstances, but they are more likely to listen to God talking to them when they are in pain. That is why sometimes we need diseases to let God speak to our humble hearts.
Another reason why God might heal ones and not heal others is that He wants to teach other people through our diseases. They watch us in our hardships and see how we deal with them. So, you might say that we are God’s instruments of teaching other people valuable lessons when we undergo diseases and suffering of any other type.
Finally, sometimes God allows diseases to happen to show people His glory. He chooses specific people that fit this role. Here is an example for you. Jesus Christ had a friend named Lazarus whom He dearly loved.
However, Lazarus got sick. Here is the passage about it: “Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” […] After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
And the ending of the story is right here:
“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
God used Lazarus as an example that He can heal but in Hid own time and only as He wills to. The story with Lazarus made people around Him fear God and see Him in all His greatness.
All in all, God is able to heal everyone. However, it is up to him and according to the divine decision of Him whom and when to heal or not to. Whatever He chooses to keep in mind that He is doing this for a good cause.
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