God can and does heal
- Remember all the times Jesus healed and even brought the dead to life
- I have seen people healed from health afflictions after earnest prayer in our small group
15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.James 5:15-16 (ESV)
But does not always heal
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (ESV)
- To keep Paul from becoming conceited, or trusting in his own ability and righteousness, rather than in God’s grace and power.
- So that Paul’s weakness would bear witness to God’s greatness.
We can’t always understand His ways
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,Romans 11:33-36 (ESV)
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
But we can trust that all things are for our good and His glory
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And even death cannot separate us from His love!
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)