Have you ever wanted to ask…
Where are You, God?
Why are You letting this suffering continue?
Don’t You care?
If you have, you’re not alone. In Why Doesn’t God Fix It? you will find chapters including:
*Why Didn’t Jesus Heal Everybody?
*Illness and Depression
*The If Onlys and What Ifs
*When the Mountain Won’t Move
Join Kimberly Rae as she struggles through the hard questions about living with illness, and discover truths in God’s Word that offer hope, peace, and joy.
Includes Special Appendix:
How Would Jesus Respond to Health & Wealth?
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Why Doesn’t God Fix It?
Not Enough Faith? When People Say Your Sickness is Your Fault
The man approached and sat next to me. “Can I ask you a question?” His tone was serious, his eyes intense.
I had just finished speaking to his small group, talking mostly about human trafficking and how I came to be an author after leaving the mission field. Weaved through that story, however, was an important truth, the truth that God doesn’t always fix things the way we expect.
Apparently this man did not agree with my perspective that God had a purpose in allowing Addison’s Disease, hypoglycemia, asthma and a cyst on my brain to bring me home from missions and completely re-route my life.
“Look at this verse,” he said, directing me to a Bible passage he believed meant that if I just resisted the sickness (because according to him all sickness could only be from the devil), it would have to flee. He asked me, “Do you believe God wants people to be sick?” Then he stared me down, waiting for me to… what? Call out defeat on my health problems, forcing them away by my will so he would be proven correct?
It’s hard living with chronic health problems, and harder still when well-meaning friends (or random strangers) imply our problems are somehow our own fault. This is not a new problem—Job’s friends did it thousands of years ago and people have been doing variations thereof ever since.
I cannot quite understand the idea some have that God wants our lives happy and free of problems when John 16:33 very clearly says that believers will have tribulation in this life. If having problems is a sign of a lack of faith then Joseph, Paul, John the Baptist and especially Jesus would need to repent.
When I hear someone implying my illness would go away if only I believed enough or prayed enough, etc., I tend to want to re-question everything. Is this my fault? Am I doing something wrong? I know I fully believe God could heal me at any moment if He chose to, but what if, really deep down, I don’t really believe it?
Are our sicknesses our own fault? Do we not have enough faith?
Those are heavy questions to carry around, added burdens tacked upon the burden of sickness we already carry.
However, there is one story in the Bible which reminds me that God does not see the way man sees and I don’t have to either.
In John 11, Lazarus, a good friend of Jesus, is sick. You probably know the story, but you may have never considered how several facets of it have significant applications for us and our health conditions.
1. Both of Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, had faith—enough faith—that Jesus could heal their brother. Their level of faith had nothing to do with why Lazarus died.
2. Jesus not only knew about the problem, He cared about the people involved. Even so, He did not come.
3. Jesus allowed Lazarus to remain sick and even to die. He could have stopped it at any point, but He chose not to. And it didn’t have anything to do with the faith or lack of faith of any person involved.
4. Jesus said that
a. Him waiting despite being needed
b. Lazarus’ death itself
c. Him showing up “too late”
were not at all a punishment on Lazarus or Mary or Martha. All of the above were for eternal reasons: the glory of God and so many would believe.
5. Jesus wept. Even when He knew He could and would restore Lazarus, Jesus cared about the temporary suffering of those He loved and He cried with them.
I get such peace from this story. It takes my physical health problems and the emotional struggles that come with them and places them into a beautiful place: the potential for God’s glory, the potential for others to believe.
Jesus cares about my suffering and yours. Though He has allowed it for some reason, He hurts with us and He wants to use us to show Himself to the world. Yes, sometimes sickness is a result of sin and dealing with the sin releases people from the sickness it caused. Also yes, sometimes God provides miraculous healing and gets glory through that. However, sometimes He allows sickness to remain because He has a different plan, one that isn’t clear to others and often ourselves, but if we trust Him—if we keep the faith others think we do not have—we will one day see how He is being glorified and will be glorified through us and our pain. In the end, our level of faith isn’t about something that others can tangibly grasp, measurable by our health or wealth or abilities. Faith is something only God can measure, and what does reveal our faith to others, according to the Scriptures, are our works for Him (James 2), and some days our greatest work of faith may be enduring hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). Other days it may be responding in grace to those people who tell us we’re sick because we don’t have enough faith (Rom. 12:14).
I don’t know how God plans to use my sickness or your sickness, but the how doesn’t matter. Just knowing that illness can be part of His plan—rather than because of my lack of faith—gives me, and hopefully you, great comfort today.