A Psalm for the Season of Suffering [Part 2]
Are you ready for some good news?
God is a healer.
Today’s Text: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,” (
The idea that healing is utterly dependent on human faith is unbiblical. If Jesus could raise a dead man with a shout, He can certainly cure you despite your doubt. But, on the other hand, the scriptures make it plain that God loves faith, works through your faith, and wants you to ask Him for healing.
I remember the first time our first child was sick. Little Bennett had come through the first year and a half of his life unscathed by any viruses or bacterial infections. He was such a happy, healthy baby that, when he began acting extra fussy, I just thought it was a little phase. But, it persisted and we finally went to the pediatrician who informed us that Bennett had a raging ear infection. As a young, inexperienced Dad who had neglected bringing his boy to the doctor for several days, I almost burst into tears in the doctor’s presence. Something as small as an ear infection created a deep sadness in my soul and an unquenchable compassion for my son. I wanted him healthy.
Any loving parent knows that something in your soul cannot quite rest until your child is out of danger, healthy and happy. And, if we earthly, sinful parents are moved with such longing for the well-being of our children, how much more must a perfectly loving Heavenly Father want His children healthy.
As soon as I make a statement like that, however, someone will rightly challenge: “if God wants people well and has all power, why aren’t all sick people healed?”
I can’t answer that question. I can only point to the mysteries and complexities of life in a broken world. If God healed every sick person, restored every broken marriage, prevented every earthquake and forestalled every crime, we wouldn’t have any need to thirst for Him, petition Him or intercede for others. It’s clichéd to say it, but it is true, God didn’t make robots and His sovereignty doesn’t mean that He has disallowed human choices and free will from affecting the world.
When you are sick, you don’t have to pray, “Lord, if it be your will, please heal me” any more than my son would have to ask me if I preferred him to have an earache or not. On the other hand, you aren’t to blame if you aren’t healed in your timetable and in your way. God is compassionate and God is sovereign. You can trust Him. And that’s the Gospel!
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