We know God has the ability to heal. But maybe you’ve had the experience of praying for someone to be healed and yet they’ve died. It’s painful, confusing, and hard … and you might have wondered, Why didn’t God heal this person?

In the middle of your grief, answers don’t necessarily help—but Scripture gives insight to the “why” question. One reason is because God may have us in the school of suffering for a time. The apostle Peter describes it this way…

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

Peter is saying sometimes God puts us in the school of suffering so that Jesus might be glorified as He sustains us. Now that doesn’t sound great—healing sounds much better—but Jesus is glorified by the “gold” that emerges in us.

A second reason is God has something better in mind. For instance, He didn’t heal Lazarus because He had a resurrection planned. And a third reason is that God chooses ultimate healing for some by bringing them home to heaven, where they can be forevermore free from pain and suffering.

The biblical answer to whether God still heals today is sometimes yes and sometimes no. That’s what Scripture teaches us.

So, since it’s true that sometimes He does heal, we ask Him to heal. We believe He’s able, He’s willing, and He’s actively healing people all around the world today. At the same time, we don’t promise someone they will be healed. We trust our loving God with the results.

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Finding Healing by Stuart Briscoe (current offer)
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