I see so many on Facebook and elsewhere asking God why bad things are happening to them – especially when it comes to health issues. Has He forsaken them? Is He angry with them? They’ve prayed until they’re blue in the face, and He just doesn’t seem to hear.
Many are being told by well-meaning friends that they are suffering because, perhaps they’re not “holy” enough; or not “praying hard enough.”
That’s ridiculous! People like that don’t know Scripture!
YES, we bring a lot of troubles upon ourselves via our lifestyles and life’s choices – and He often lets us suffer the consequences. But the bottom line is that we are in a fallen world where bad stuff happens to the good and bad alike.
YHWH heals when He wants and whom He wants to heal. He doesn't "heal on command" or allow us to suffer without good reason. No matter how hard and painful our lives are, we shouldn't expect Him to do everything we want or need, because He is not our “fairy godfather,” granting every wish. (I know some churches teach that, but that is NOT what the Bible says!)
I mean, why does He allow innocent, sinless babies to be born deformed, or with cancer or some other horrible disease? It's not that He wants it; it's that we are in a FALLEN WORLD and bad things happen here - and the ONLY thing we are guaranteed is eternal life if we are obedient and wholehearted toward Him.
YES, we can and SHOULD pray and ask for healing (and all other needs), but when it doesn't happen, it's not because He doesn't love us or is failing us in some way; it's for reasons known only to Him.
Remember the Hell he allowed Job to go through? His wife gave up and said, "Curse God and die!" (Job 2:9). In the end, because Job refused to turn his back on YHWH, he was amply rewarded.
And remember how YHWH killed Aaron's sons on the spot for offering "strange fire"? Notice that neither Aaron, Moshe, nor anyone else said ONE WORD about it! That's because they didn't dare question YHWH about HIS decision! (See Leviticus 10.) (YHWH is ELOHIM, and when He does something, we mere humans have no right to argue about it, because whatever He does is perfect and in His Will.)
And let's not forget our Messiah Yeshua, who, was well acquainted with illness and other human conditions:
Isaiah 53: 2 ...He was not well-formed or especially handsome;
we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.
3 People despised and avoided him,
a man of pains, well acquainted with illness.
Like someone from whom people turn their faces,
he was despised; we did not value him.
4 In fact, it was our diseases he bore,
our pains from which he suffered;
yet we regarded him as punished,
stricken and afflicted by God.
5 But he was wounded because of our crimes,
crushed because of our sins;
the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him,
and by his bruises* we are healed. (CJB)
This world is merely a classroom for those who will enter eternity. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, YHWH has never again promised us that proverbial "rose garden" - but what He HAS promised is eternal life through belief in Him and His Divine Messiah whom He sent with a special mission.
HOW WE REACT TO LIFE'S TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS REVEALS how we really feel about the echad of YHWH/Yeshua....
Often, we've brought things upon ourselves, and will end up suffering the consequences. Often, bad things "just happen" and our bodies pay the price. But at least we have the assurance that our souls don't need to pay that same price....
So, don't let anyone tell you that it's your "unbelief" or that you "didn't pray hard enough" or any of that religious psycho-babble designed to make one feel guilty. YHWH knows our hearts, and He IS with us; and He KNOWS our pain and suffering. Whether He chooses to heal us or not is no one's call but His. Let go of the "name it and claim it" nonsense. YHWH is in charge; we are not!
Our job is to simply love and obey Him, and to cling to Him, no matter what. In the meantime, we are to be a light for Him – so allow Him to use YOU as a light! The way we deal with our pain and anguish, and fears and sorrows, and every other human emotion we can possily imagine, might just be the ONLY light for those who don't know Him. Let others SEE Him through YOU!
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