Divine Healing Part 4
By: Mike Stokes
In our previous articles in this series we have discovered that original sin (The fall of Adam and Eve) introduced sickness, suffering, and death to the human race. Clearly there often exist a direct relationship between sin and physical sickness, and sometimes there is no relationship between sin and human suffering. In this final article I want to point out that sometimes it is not God’s will that we be healed.
Paul had the gift of healing as all the apostles did yet, he says in (2 Timothy 4: 20) “Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.” Why was he left sick? Paul does not say, but if it were God’s will that all be healed that wouldn’t have happened.
Then in (Philippians 2: 26-30) we learn of a man named Epaphroditus who received God’s mercy even as his illness remained. This is a man who was in ministry with Paul and was very sick, Paul had the gift of healing yet was helpless to turn things around. God did heal him but it was not an instant recovery.
Apparently Paul himself had some health issues, consider his condition in (2 Corinthians 12: 7), because of the magnitude of Paul’s revelation the Lord gave to him a divine deterrent to keep any pride or self exaltation in check, a reminder that he was still a man subject to infirmities just like everyone else. It was some type of severe affliction, he called it “A thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan.” Apparently the thorn was a physical or emotional pain, permitted by God. We do not know precisely What it was and any suggestion would be pure speculation.
Time after time Paul pleaded for healing, each time the answer was no. So, whatever it was it was not removable by prayer or faith. God allowed and meant it for good, Satan tried to use it to defeat him (A messenger of Satan). It was in God’s will for Paul to suffer. We can only conclude that sometimes it is not God’s will to heal the sick, if it was all would be healed and there would be no sickness. God’s will is sometimes mysterious, but when it is in his sovereign will to bring healing it will occur.
Let me say to the countless people who are confined to braces, wheelchairs, hospital beds, as well as all of us in a sin-sick world. There is hope and it is found in the compelling promise made by the healer of our soul, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelations 21:3-4). Until then, we believe and we wait.