“I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has.”
– Charles Spurgeon
The above quote is confusing by those who hold to a “God always heals” theology and truth be told, 90% of the Pentecostal/Charismatic world – of which I am a part – holds to such a theological fallacy.
Divine Healing Believers neglect the fact that:
1- GOD gave Miriam leprosy; “not” satan. Miriam was a Covenant daughter (Numbers 12:9-10)
2- GOD sent sickness to the Egyptians as seen in Exodus 15:26 (while not in the Covenant, it shows that GOD sends sickness
3- GOD refused to remove Paul’s thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming arrogant (2 Corinthians 12:7)
4- Paul had a severe eye problem and was most likely going blind (Galatians 4:14-15)
5- GOD did not heal Timothy of stomach illness (most likely ulcers) as seen in 1 Timothy 5:23
Yes; the Lord heals but at times He (a) sends sickness to bring about repentance such as in Miriam’s case and also (b) allows sickness in a Believer’s life in order to accomplish His purposes in them. While the above points cannot be explained by the “God ALWAYS heals!” crowd, the Word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit and these passages (and others) are there for our teaching. To neglect them is to neglect truth.
In my own personal experience, sickness has been used by God on more than one occasion to cause me to reflect on my spiritual condition; to draw me closer into His Presence and to speak to me. Just as I bless His name for healing, which I have experienced, I also praise His Name for allowing/using sickness in my life. When ill, I pray for healing and if I’m not healed I trust Him for the Grace to walk through the sickness. He’s never failed me, either in health or in sickness.
Has there been a time in YOUR life where you can say that sickness was used by God – and even sent by God! – to refine you? Share below 🙂