Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
—3 John 2
If you believe that God wants to prosper you in all things and with health just as your soul prospers, then you have grown in spiritual understanding of His Truth. You believe in His healing for yourself and others. But in this world, not everyone receives physical healing. Many wait years before receiving it. Others pass before they receive healing on earth.
All those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Savior will receive healing in heaven. And when we include heaven, everyone is healed. But if God provides healing as the result of Christ’s finished work (1 Peter 2:24), why doesn’t everyone receive it here on earth?
Some people answer by saying God doesn’t want them to be healed and that sometimes He even wants them to experience illness. If it is true God wants us to experience illness, why would we go against God’s will by praying to be healed or even seeking medical help? Just because everyone isn’t healed doesn’t mean that healing isn’t God’s will.
Our Abba Father is love. He is light, and there is no darkness in him (1 John 1:5). He doesn’t play games. His motives are pure. What He says in His Word is true. But some believe God wants them to be ill when they don’t experience healing.
There is no definitive reason to explain why one person receives healing and another doesn’t. Each person is different. You just can’t stereotype everyone and put them into one mold. However, looking at some things might keep us from attributing sickness to the God who loves us.
When we abuse ourselves, we receive the result of how we have lived. The natural law of cause and effect is in operation. For example, someone who drowns himself in alcohol and drinks uncontrollably can have liver damage. Someone who is addicted to drugs can damage his body. Someone who is sexually promiscuous can get sexually transmitted diseases. Things like bitterness, rebellion, unforgiveness, and pride are things that can harm us and have consequences in our minds and bodies. Does God want us to overcome the results of what sin has caused? Of course, He does. And the Holy Spirit can address the deep wounds sin leaves behind. But each person is different. There is no cookie-cutter answer. The good news is that God cares and loves us. He will never forsake us or leave us.
The natural world we live in is fallen. Not only do our bodies decay as we get older, but every living thing in this world experiences decay. Things happen in life. Accidents occur. Diseases are inherited. These happen because of the original sin that entered the world. That original sin gave the enemy license to come against us. He manipulates those who listen to him. He lies in our minds and accuses us. He makes us feel that we are not worthy of God’s forgiveness and love. He wants us to believe that God could never love and forgive us. He certainly wants us to believe that God wants us sick and that He makes us sick. Sickness and death are from the enemy (Hebrews 2:14).
The Word of God heals (Psalm 107:20). But when we don’t know the Word, the enemy takes advantage of our lack of knowledge and plants wrong beliefs in our minds. He wars against the truth of God’s Word trying to take root in our hearts. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy all that God loves (John 10:10). He tells us that God wants us to be sick—and that is what we deserve. Sickness may be what we once deserved before we knew Christ. But Jesus took what we deserved to the Cross. We don’t get what we deserve. We get Jesus and all His grace affords.
You can be sure that if the enemy wants you to be sick and die, God wants you to be well and live. While we don’t understand the reasons some don’t receive healing, we know and believe that healing comes through faith in the gift of Jesus’ finished work on the cross for us. 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that we were healed at the greatest cost. We need to trust what God says in His Word and hold on to it.
Jesus wants us to have a relationship with Him—one where the Holy Spirit speaks to us through His Word and where we hear His Truth. Not everyone gets to the place where they personally hear God speaking to them, but He desires for His children to have the revelation from His Word of who He is and what Jesus gave His life for them to have.
Your relationship with Jesus opens the door for you to hear from God. Your answer from God is the one for you. It is one of a kind—not someone else’s answer. No one has your answer but God. And your answer is revealed through the Truth of His Word. When you desire above everything to believe the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach you (John 16:13).
Do you long to prosper in your understanding of God’s Truth for your life? Are you hungry enough to seek His Word for answers to whatever your need—whether spiritual, emotional, or physical? God desires you to allow His Truth to penetrate your heart because it brings life and healing to everyone who finds it (Proverbs 4:20-22.) God wants you to experience what He has given you. His Word is life (John 6:63). He sent His Word so you could experience His forgiveness and healing and deliverance (Psalm 107:20).
“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:8, NKJV).
Ask Him. Seek His Truth in His Word. His Truth prospers you. It heals and delivers you. Hear His revelation for your life. He will open His heart to you.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher