We have an opportunity to be the light in a dark time. Some Christians believe their faith will protect them from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are complaining at our governments for passing laws to hinder our movements. Even if you have lots of faith and are feeling fine, you could still be carrying the virus without your knowledge. Faith, which comes from God’s word, teaches us how to behave when there is a contagious disease. Leviticus and Deuteronomy have many verses dedicated to clean and unclean things.
Faith in God’s Word
God’s people were given instructions that they had to obey concerning contaminants on their bodies, clothes, vessels, and walls of their homes. There were many instructions for washing, but those things that couldn’t be saved were broken or burned. People who were deemed unclean for different reasons were to distance themselves for a time. If the person had a contagious disease, they were sent outside of the camp and the priest had to visit that person outside of the camp to determine if they were still contagious or not.
Undeniably, washing and distancing are biblical practices, so let us spread love and not germs.
In short, yes, it is quite normal to get sick and not be miraculously healed. And, while there are definitely some who are not healed when they could have been, it will relieve many to learn that it is Biblically normal not always to receive a miracle.
Reasons Why Many Are Not Healed
Here are a few reasons why many do not find healing:
Just as when He was in Nazareth, Jesus cannot do miracles where there is unbelief.
Mat 13:58 And he did not do many mighty works there (His hometown of Nazareth), because of their unbelief.
Our Faith vs God’s Gift of Faith
We don’t need lots of our faith. We simply need a Rhema word that imparts a gift of faith from God, and it need only be the size of a mustard seed.
Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Sin, Consequences and Punishment
While Jesus healed “all” who came to Him or who were brought to Him regardless of their past behavior, subsequent to His ascension He clearly allowed and even brought sickness upon His own because of their behavior. Where sickness is brought on by sin and there is no repentance, we cannot expect healing.
For example, some were sick and even died because of their the attitude that they had around the Lord’s Supper.
1 Cor 11:28-33 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—
Others were warned that they would receive sickness as a punishment if they did not repent of evil. Jesus is not going to immediately heal such a person without repentance.
Rev 2:22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works
We Only Taste Now What We’ll Later Eat
We are told that we can have a taste of the powers of the age to come. Constant healing and wholeness is not tasting, but a meal. This meal has been paid for, but is reserved for His coming.
Hebrews 6:4-5, having tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come.
Premature Expectation for Constant Physical Wholeness
While Jesus demonstrated His kingdom in its fullness when He came, which meant ALL were healed and even the dead were raised, nevertheless the kingdom will only completely manifest this fullness at Christ’s return. Until then we can receive tastes of the things to come, but clearly the Spirit did not come to exactly fully replicate Jesus’ healing ministry through the Church, because otherwise He failed.
Remember too, though He does heal our bodies even now, the fact that Jesus healed the blind was also as a sign that He would heal the spiritually blind, and that He healed the sick was a sign that He would heal the spiritually sick, and that He raised the dead was sign that He raises the spiritually dead.
While these were signs of power over the physical, they pointed to His power in the spiritual. And, clearly He has chosen to attend primarily to our spiritual need first through our rebirth, then to the renewal of the mind, and only at His coming will we receive our new glorious bodies.
Rom 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
2 Cor 5:2-4 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling … For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
Sick and Unhealed Saints in The New Testament
Besides those being disciplined, the Bible clearly shows that even the best of saints were sick and not miraculously healed. Consider –
Php 2:26-27 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
1 Tim 5:23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
2 Tim 4:20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus.
Jesus’ Expectation for the Church
Jesus had an expectation that we would care for the sick in His Body, the Church, and not necessarily heal them. Take a look:
Mat 25:34-6 Then the king will say to those on his right, “My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created. When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. WHEN I WAS SICK, YOU TOOK CARE OF ME, and when I was in jail, you visited me.”
Furthermore, Jesus clearly understood the normality of sickness and physicians.
Luke 5:31, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do.”
Does God Still Heal Today?
Yes! But, He has a far greater agenda than running a healing Drive Thru.
Psalm 41:3 The LORD will strengthen him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to health.
Whether you will be healed miraculously now, or naturally now, or at His return, your healing is coming.
2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness…
Whether we receive a miracle, or are comforted in our hope, ‘in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’.