NOTE: The following article is a brief excerpt from the answer to the often asked question:

Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone?




“It is not always God’s will to heal a person physically. A person may sincerely pray and truly have faith that God can heal, but if it is not God’s will to provide the healing at that time, then no healing will come (see 1 John 5:14). Sometimes God’s blessings come in other ways besides physical healing.

If it were always God’s will for people to be healed, then everyone would be healed every time he or she became ill. If good health were always God’s will, then humans would never die. If humans never died, sin and all of sin’s consequences would never be abolished.

God banished Adam and Eve, not as a punishment, but because he feared ‘lest the man put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever’. (Gen 3:22).

The effect of this would have been to make sinners, and therefore sin, immortal.

There would be no escape from evil, pain, illness, suffering or death had Adam and Eve been able to eat of the tree of life and therefore live forever in their sinful condition.

The only escape from sin is death.

The only escape from death is eternal life.

In every person’s life there will come a time to either accept the forgiveness of sin purchased for them by Jesus death on the cross, or to reject it.

God created humans to be free. Humans cannot be free if they do not have freedom of choice.

We can’t blame someone’s malady on a lack of faith, for we know, biblically, that God sometimes uses illness to accomplish His will.

Also, it’s not just wayward believers who get sick. Paul “left Trophimus sick in Miletus” (2 Timothy 4:20), and Paul himself had a physical ailment that the Lord declined to heal. (2 Corinthians 12:7–9).

Often, Christians have an over-simplified idea of healing.

They think that if they are sick or disabled, they have only to ask God to heal them and, because God loves them, He will heal them straightaway.

Healing is seen as proof of a person’s faith and of God’s love. This idea persists in some circles in spite of the truth that as all good parent’s know: they cannot give their child everything he or she asks for every time they ask, no matter how much they love that child.”

God can and does heal today.

However, the question we need to ask in any given situation is, what does God want?

Does He desire to heal the individual in this life, or does He have another plan to show His glory through weakness?

Someday, all sickness and death will be eradicated. Until then, there is a greater healing; the cleansing of sinful hearts!