Of course God heals the sick. How do I know that? Because it is in the Bible and I have experienced it more than once. But I also have some health problems that God has not healed. So it shows that although God gives healing, He does not always do this. That is also what the Bible is about.
In Matthew 4:23 is: “And Jesus went about all Galilee, was teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healed every sickness and every disease among the people.” The book of Acts records the healing the sick by the apostles, in Jesus’ Name (Acts 5: 12-16).
In fact, early church healing was standard. So James says: “Is anyone among you sick? Then let him call the elders of the congregation to him and let them pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord … ” A powerful prayer from a righteous person accomplishes much ” (James 5: 14,16). God can heal and we should not hesitate to pray for healing for ourselves and our loved ones. The fact is that there are many testimonies from people who were miraculously healed by God and who amazed the doctors.
Not always healing
But there are also Biblical examples of the lack of Divine healing. In 2 Timothy 4:20 Paul says, “… Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.” We know that God used Paul to heal many and he himself was healed when he was bitten by a poisonous snake (Acts 28: 3-6 ).
Both Paul and Trophimus were dedicated servants of the Lord, and both undoubtedly had strong faith for healing; yet it says that Paul left Trophimus sick. Epaphroditus, a fellow worker of Paul and a servant of the Philippians, was also sick until death, but God spared his life (Philippians 2: 25-30).
And then Timothy, a very religious man and a servant of God. Paul says to him: “No longer drink only water, but use a small amount of wine, for your stomach and for your many ailments” (1 Timothy 5:23).
Strength through weakness
Paul says that he is faced with “a thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12: 7). He prayed that the trial would be taken away from him. But God’s answer was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is accomplished in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12: 8).
Illness is due to the fact that we are in a world that is under the curse and that our bodies are mortal. The devil wants to destroy us through illness and suffering.
God uses sickness and suffering to shape and test us and to teach us to focus our hope on eternity (James 1: 2-4, 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18).
Whatever God decides, we can trust that His way and His will are the best for us. We cannot command God to heal us, but we can ask Him.
In this world we have to deal with testing. But we do not have to fear, because He has conquered this world. God makes all things work together for good, even sickness and, yes, even death. As Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For me life is Christ, and dying is profit for me .”
One day there will be no more sickness when we are with Jesus. Let us pray for healing and for grace to endure all of this.