Why does God allow sickness? Sickness can be a challenging topic. We think that a good and loving God would not allow sickness, and yet we know that sickness exists. We can begin to believe that sickness is the result of a person\’s sin. While that may sometimes be the case, sickness is often just a result of living in a fallen world. So why does God allow this? John 9 describes Jesus healing a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus\’ disciples asked if the man\’s blindness was caused by his sin or that of his parents. Jesus replied, \”Neither this man nor his parents sinned в but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life\” (John 9:3 NIV). In this case, God allowed sickness in order that His glory might be shown. If we trust in the sovereignty of God and the goodness of God, we know that nothing happens outside of His will (Matthew 10:29; Ephesians 1:11; Job 42:2), and we also know that everything He does is motivated by love (1 John 4:8; Luke 18:19). Therefore sickness must sometimes fit into His will and into His loving nature. This is not to say that God is the cause of sickness. As mentioned, sometimes sickness is just a natural result of living in a world marred by sin. At times sickness can also be an attack of Satan (Matthew 17:14-18; Luke 13:10-16). Sickness could be used to test and refine our faith, as Job\’s trials were. Sickness could also be a form of discipline, a tangible demonstration of imperfect life that leads us to greater dependence on and obedience to God (see Psalm 119:65-72).
An important thing to remember is that God\’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Often we do not understand exactly why God allows things to happen or causes things to happen a certain way. But we do know God and can trust in His character. He is for us (Romans 8:31-32). We also \”know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. \” (Romans 8:28). Even in a sickness we may not understand, we can trust that in God\’s timing the sickness will be redeemed. God will work it into His good purpose for our lives and for His glory. One caveat. This truth is often not particularly comforting to someone in the grips of an illness. Yes, God knows His purpose in the sickness and that things will turn out for our good and His glory, but that purpose is not always evident to us. We legitimately go through times of questioning God and feelings of pain. God is not offended when we pour out our hearts to Him. We are allowed to approach God with our sicknesses, to request healing, and to share our hurt with Him. Look at the Psalms! We can be viscerally honest with God while still trusting in His goodness and faithfulness. God is not hardened to our emotions (John 11:35; Psalm 56:8); He cares for us and invites us to give our struggles over to Him (1 Peter 5:7). Related Truth:
I am a big believer in the doctrine of healing.
I have experienced God s healing in my own life, and I have witnessed God healing myriads of people over my past couple decades I ve been in ministry. I am greatly comforted by verses like the one in James that gives us a great hope in the power of prayer: 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. I do believe that God heals, but I also believe that healing is not always the only path that He chooses for us. Sometimes His perfect plan for our lives is to allow us to suffer and experience disease, illness, and hardship. The reason for this is that He can often teach us things through suffering that we would never be able to learn through a book or seminar, or through comfort and prosperity. Paul had a problem with his eyesight that God never healed. When Timothy was sick, Paul told him to drink wine (not go to a healing service). The Lazarus who was raised from the dead eventually died later. Paul says that he had a thorn in the flesh which he prayed for God to remove over and over again, but God never removed it. Job suffered because God had a whole bigger purpose for him than mere comfort on this planet.
And Job s suffering was not the result of a lack of faith. Some of the greatest blessings in this world come from God s power in the midst of trials. God changes us, molds us, strengthens us, and builds us through hardship. And there is nothing like the experience of being comforted by God alone in that dark hour. Over the past twenty-five years that I have been in ministry, I have seen people hurt greatly by the false teaching that God always wants to heal every malady. This is because that belief can cause a massive amount of guilt and disillusionment for the afflicted in those times when God actually chooses not to heal. The implication is that the suffering Christian just didn t quite believe enough or is hiding some sort of sin. I have seen Christians destroyed in their faith over this erroneous teaching. We must realize that sometimes it s just not God s plan to heal or to fix a problem quickly for us. And that s ok. He still loves us. He still has a plan. And He still has a profound purpose for that pain that can end up blessing us beyond anything we could ever imagine. Often God chooses to heal! But sometimes He teaches us more and draws us closer when we walk the dark mile of suffering. But to experience such blessing, it is important that we in the midst of the storm. For an epic example of how God can bless even in the midst of a tragedy, check out this post: For more, visit.