Why am I or they not healed? Why did they die?
At the start of this blog let me say if you are looking for the answer here I am sorry to disappoint you, but I will share my thoughts when in this situation.
I have seen people not changed when prayed for, and some instantly and partially healed. I have seen people close to death healed, and I have also experienced friends and family die. Is there a scriptural reason for this and are we failing?
It is natural and normal for us as Christians to pray when in these situations and ask for God to bring a positive change in the circumstances.
I have seen people pray daily, set up message groups, got churches praying, anointed with oil and laying on of hands by the elders. Fasting and declaring God’s word over in faith for full healing. Yet the result prayed for didn’t happen. Please understand in no way am I saying any of these practices are wrong or ineffective.
Here are a few of my thoughts below.
I don’t know the answer as to why God didn’t answer the prayers as we would have desired, but I accept the outcome.
In some cases of death, I wonder why was it better for them to be in heaven rather than stay here with us on earth continuing in some cases in their ministry… but I’m not God. I’ve had to trust that in God’s sovereignty that all had been done that God needed them to do, albeit more in some instances would have been done if man around them had been obedient.
Strength can be gained from Isaiah 55:8-9 8 HCSB “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. 9“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts……”
So this means I can stop asking ‘why?’ and find contentment that in same instances I will not know the answer this side of heaven. It’s OK for me to say: “I don’t know why”
Jesus didn’t heal his own earthly father Joseph.
It is believed by some scholars that Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, died whilst Jesus was between the age of 12-30. How he died and the circumstances surrounding his death we do not know. This means: We conclude from this Jesus (God on earth) did not heal his earthly father OR raise him from the dead. He allowed him, to go home to heaven. He allowed his mother to be a widow.
Interesting then that Jesus and the heavenly father saw this as acceptable for Jesus earthly dad to die.
Jesus is the healer, not me
I have prayed for and seen healings, also on more than one occasion seen creative miracles. I have experienced healing miracles in my own life, and also prayed on many occasions and not seen a positive change.
My desire and heart is to see people healed; and, as can be read in the gospels, with immediate effect. The reality is that I don’t see this happen on most occasions, and this can contribute to a belief in wrong theology – that of a theology of works…
“If only I had prayed more, if I had fasted more, If I had put oil on them at a certain time, if I had asked a person with a healing ministry to pray for them…”
Instead of taking this route, I choose to believe that God is good, and that it is not about how or what I do, but what He has done through the cross. If I start to analyse and believe I could have done more; or I was a hindrance by lack of response or certain action, then I miss what healing has always been about.
Gods word clearly states: Isaiah 53:5 5 HCSB But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. – It’s about the finished work on the cross. The bible does not say by HIS wounds (and what you do and the amount of effort you put in) we are healed. The emphasis is on HIS WOUNDS, not man’s works.
Therefore, I rest and continue to pray in line with the truth of His Word believing for breakthrough in healing; not getting stressed or burdened by not seeing the answer; or responding to super spiritual pressure by those with good intentions.