None of us enjoy pain and suffering and yet so many of us have diseases even though we have been prayed for many times. Do we need to suffer from sickness and disease? Isn’t healing for today? Let’s talk about all these things and answer them from the Word of Truth to see if God endorses pain and suffering.
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The Beauty of Pain
Yes, there’s beauty in pain. Stay with me as we pull this thought into perspective.
Let’s talk about the One who died a most excruciating death. Why did He do that? Why did He take my sin and sickness or your sin and sickness on Himself?
There is only one answer, because of His great love for us. He died as the propitiation of our sin. He died once, He died for all mankind, so that our sin would be forgiven — all the past sin, all present sin and all future sin.
Death on the cross was the only way to be the final atonement for our sin. Such a loving act by a loving God! This is the beauty in pain. The suffering that Christ endured was for you and me.
Jesus’ death on the cross wasn’t only about the redemption of sin. It was also about redeeming us from sickness and disease.
Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us this truth: 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed. [Bold highlights are mine.]
He bore our sorrows and griefs and yet, with His stripes we ARE healed! Not past tense or a possible future tense but a present tense!
The pain of Christ’s death is a bittersweet beauty for us.
Are you looking for more Scriptural proof of God’s will to heal? Then check this post out by Jonathan Brenneman.
Does God Want Us to Have Pain and Suffering?
Because Jesus died an agonizing death, does that mean that we have to have pain as well? That’s a great question and the answer is no. We don’t have to have pain, but because of not fully understanding the promises of God, we often do have pain and suffer from diseases.
God’s will is that all believers be healed. Look at Exodus 15:26 as it tells us that “I will put none of these diseases upon you…for I am the Lord who heals you.” [Bold emphasis mine.] This verse begins with “if you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and do that which is right in His sight.”
What do you suppose that would be? I’m thinking a part of it is listen to God, obey God and believe God. Believe Him when He says that He will heal you.
Matthew 12:15 teaches us that “…great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.”
Did you notice that little word, all? It means everyone who was present, and everyone who will come to Him for healing. It means you and it means me. Jesus wants you to be healed, now! Not down the road at some future time, but now.
Everyone Jesus healed was healed right then and there.
God’s Will Concerning Healing
Do you believe that it is God’s will for you to be healed of your disease and sickness? Do you know where it is mentioned in the Word that it is His will?
If you want to stand strong on His truth, it is vital that you know what His Word says about healing. Are you aware that redemption not only means redeemed from sin but also redeemed from diseases? Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us that truth.
While we can learn many lessons through pain and suffering, I no longer believe that God desires that you or I be sick with disease or infirmities. I used to believe that because that is what I was taught to believe.
I was taught that healing wasn’t for everyone, that some real good Christians get diseases that lead to death. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. That’s what I was taught. What about you?
I think we have missed the truth about God’s will concerning healing. God promised to heal in Exodus 15:26 and everywhere Jesus went, He healed people, Matthew 12:15.
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Healing is Promised, Not Pain and Suffering from Diseases
We need to correct our faulty teaching with the truth of God’s Word. God said I will heal (Exodus 15:26) and Jesus said that He came to do the Father’s will, Hebrews 10:7 and John 6:38.
It is God’s will that people be healed, and that is exactly what Jesus did. He healed people. Not only did He heal them, but He also forgave them from their sins.
Healing and salvation go hand in hand. Did you ever notice that in the Gospels?
John 3:16 speaks of whosever will concerning salvation for eternal life. This is God’s will that none should perish. It is also His will that all be healed!
We don’t need to pray, “if it by Thy will” when we know for certain that it is God’s will for you to be healed or for your loved one to be saved. Light bulb moment here!
Please let that forever be settled!
God does not want you to be in pain and suffering. He wants you to be healed because that is His will, not pain and suffering on account of diseases.
The Source of Sickness and Pain
Does God give us pain? Certainly not!
Sickness and disease are a result of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. The enemy is the author of sin, sickness, disease, and infirmities.
Does that mean that God enjoys seeing you in pain? No, it doesn’t mean that. God wants you to take Him at His Word and believe in Him that He desires to heal you.
No longer listen to the lie of the enemy. You know, the one where he says that healing will come later. Just like he twisted God’s words to cause Eve to doubt the truth, he will twist the Scripture to cause you to disbelieve as well.
It’s important that you know what Word says and then act on it. Speak the truth according to the Truth of the Word whether your body exhibits the healing or not.
That’s a Wrap
So, does God allow pain and suffering? What do you think?
It is God’s will that all be healed, that all be saved from sin and sickness. Jesus died for that purpose. His death brought redemption from sin and diseases.
Let’s finish with this truth: Jesus took our infirmities (weaknesses) and bore our sicknesses (diseases), Matthew 8:17.
If He took them, why are we carrying them still? We don’t need to because Jesus bore them for us! That means that we are redeemed from them! We should expect to be healed when we seek healing!
Let’s talk more about this in another blog post. There’s so much to learn!
If anything I said today was helpful to you, please leave me a comment. If I said anything that you don’t think is correct, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts about God’s will for healing versus pain and suffering.
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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