When does GOD permit sickness/ disease to get His will done?


Clarify Share Report Asked September 18 2022 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
One instance from the Bible that comes readily to mind is from John 11, when (as indicated in John 11:6) Jesus purposely delayed after being notified that Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus was ill, allowing Lazarus to die before going to them. 

As He Himself subsequently explained in John 11:15, He did this for the greater good (in terms of leading people to believe in Him) that He knew would result when He would subsequently raise Lazarus from the dead.

Although other instances of God's use of illness might not be so pronounced or dramatic, earthly infirmities should always make people conscious of the brevity and uncertainty of this temporal life, and lead them to look to faith in Christ (who fully and eternally defeated death on behalf of all who would believe in Him) for life that will last forever, which far outweighs anything that earth can offer.

September 19 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
2 Corinthians 12:7-10:
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul asked God 3 times to heal his "thorn in the flesh", but God reminded Paul that God's grace was sufficient. Sickness and disease would be a result of living in this present evil world, but God promises us deliverance from it through faith in Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:4). Paul said that he takes pleasure in his infirmities as he is strengthened by his weaknesses (2 Cor. 12:10). Those living with physically debilitating conditions can offer great inspiration to all by their showing of spiritual strength through faith.

We are certainly not being punished by God today during His dispensation of grace (1 Thes. 5:9).

September 20 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini ainsley chalmers Medical Research Scientist, devoted family man.
Suffering as scripture clearly states resulted from man’s disobedience to God’s command. God can however use the curse of sin and suffering to His glory. In life we have examples of this:

1. Joni Tada became a quadriplegic from a diving accident in her teens. God has used this tragedy through Joni’s faithfulness to bring many to Christ.
2. Christ healed many whilst on earth, thereby convicting many of His lordship and deity.
3. Suffering or sickness reminds us of our fallibility and brevity of our lives, and our need to reconcile with God. It can also be a considerable boost to our prayer life.

In short there are no simple answers. Paul the apostle healed many, but God never healed him by removing his thorn. God however said that His grace was sufficient for Paul. On earth we have a limited perspective of God’s ways, but in eternity we will have a better, clearer understanding of God’s loving ways. In the meantime we live by faith not by sight, trusting totally in Christ Our Saviour.

October 02 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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