Why Didn’t God Heal?

Many Christians become disheartened and disappointed in their faith for various reasons. One of these reasons may be when God doesn’t heal, and the Christian believed that He would heal. I have certainly been a personal witness to genuine healings before. I’ve seen the Lord heal a variety of sicknesses and diseases in the church. But I’ve also observed a certain recurring situation that is potentially damaging.

It goes something like this: A certain brother, sister, or child becomes sick. Because there is much care and concern for this particular need in the body, the church responds with fervent prayers asking God to intervene and heal.  Some begin to “believe God” for healing for this certain individual. If the sickness gets worse or intensifies, there is a response of more intense believing for healing. Sometimes the sick person recovers. Sometimes they do not. If the sickness remains or gets worse, then the faith of those who were “believing God for healing” becomes tested or even weakened.  Why did God not heal when we had faith that He would heal? Why did God not heal when we were believing Him that He would?

Mat 14:28-29 “Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

Notice that Peter says, “Lord, command me to come to You”. And the Lord said, “Come!”

If the Lord speaks, then it will happen. If He does not speak, then it will not happen.

Rom 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

The verse above in Romans 10 explains to us that faith comes by hearing the word of Christ. Peter heard the word of Christ. He told Him to walk on the water. If Peter would have jumped out of the boat when Jesus had not spoken for Peter to come, he would not have been able to walk on the water.

Many times, Christians are “believing God” for something, but they don’t have any true faith. Faith comes by hearing God. If you have not truly heard God speak something, you do not have faith. If you are believing God for something that He has not spoken, you do not have faith. Faith only comes from hearing Him. Faith is substance. Faith is reality. Faith creates things that are not, into things that are. When God speaks, it will come to pass. His Word abides forever (Isa 40:8). “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it”  (Isa 55:11).

Only when we hear God, do we have faith. But we cannot invent or fabricate what we “think” He is saying or what we “want” Him to say. Believing God for something that He has not spoken is striving in our fleshly emotions and our own desires. Often out of good intentions and a fervent heart, we become mixed up in the objects of our faith. It is good and biblical to ask God and make our request known to Him (Phl 4:6). It is good and biblical to cast our cares upon Him (1 Pet. 5:7). But we must put our faith in Him, and not what we want to happen – no matter how good and noble our desires may be.

In every situation, we must only put our faith only in Jesus Christ. Anytime we put our faith in anything besides Jesus Christ we will be shaken. What can be shaken, will be shaken (Heb. 12:27). If you put your faith in a man, in a group of people, in a list of beliefs, a creed, a doctrine, or a methodology; it will be shaken. And rightly so. When I was a new Christian, I put my faith in street witnessing. I was shaken. Next, I put my faith in bible doctrines. I was shaken. Next, I put my faith in a man. I was shaken. Why are these things shaken? Because only Christ cannot be shaken. Only He has overcome the world. And He wants us to put our faith in Him and nothing else.

We experience loss and disappointment when our faith is in anything other than Him. Anytime there is division, disappointment, or damage, individually or corporately, it is because on some level, someone has their faith in something other than Jesus.

If you have a problem, a concern, or difficulty today, and you don’t know what to do, you must look to Jesus, wait on Him, and listen. If you put words in God’s mouth, you will become disillusioned and disappointed. “For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed” (Rom 10:11).

If you or someone you love is sick, instead of fixating on “God will heal them”, fix your eyes on Jesus Christ instead. Only put your faith in Jesus in all of life and all situations. He may tell you to come to Him on the water. He may not. If He speaks to you and says, “Come! I will heal!” By all means believe it, because it will certainly come to pass.

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