Why doesn’t God heal me?

Written By: JoJoisms - Jun• 19•17

Sometimes it’s hard to understand why some people are allowed to remain in their struggle while others are delivered from their suffering.  We ask God and sometimes even demand that God tell us why He keeps us this way.  To some, this may sound like sin and maybe it is, but it is human nature and I believe the Lord understands why we, who have chronic conditions can come to a point where we can only moan a prayer or get to the point where we are so incredibly frustrated that we yell at Him or to Him.  Can you relate?

I think most of the reason we feel this way is because of the many devotionals (and I’ve read them all)  that point to Job when sharing about suffering.  They point out how hard life was for Job and all he lost.  But God healed Job and gave him back many fold that which He allowed to be taken away.  Have you noticed that God hasn’t done that for you?  He hasn’t for me.  But did you also notice something else?  He didn’t for Paul either.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but God doesn’t ALWAYS heal.  He doesn’t always solve our problem. Sometimes He says, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor 12:9) as He did with Paul.  Paul talked about a thorn in his side that God allowed to stay in his life.  Paul expressed that he felt it was because it would keep him closer to God, relying on Him.  Maybe this is the case with you.  Or maybe it just isn’t your time.  Maybe God has a different plan for you.  He seems to for me.  I’ve struggled with chronic illness since I was a teenager.  I’ll be 55 in September.  In case your brain fog has beat out your math skills, that’s about 40 years…or in chronic illness years: FOREVER!

Sometimes God allows His child to continue with the thorn for many years.  Sometimes He allows it until His child comes to the other side of Heaven.  Why?  Why would God allow such suffering?  It’s not always because that person DESERVED to suffer.  It’s sometimes in spite of the fact.  Like Paul, His child has a mission.

Think about it this way.  If God had healed me, I probably wouldn’t be writing this weekly blog.  I probably wouldn’t have a heart for those who struggle daily with pain and fatigue.  And you probably wouldn’t listen to me if I didn’t truly understand what you go through, would you?

If God has you in a season filled with struggle, pain, fatigue, hardship, heartache, maybe He has a mission for you.  Maybe He is using this time in your life or the rest of your life as He is using mine.  Maybe you aren’t a Job.  Maybe you, too, are a Paul.

What is it that you, and maybe ONLY YOU, can understand that might reach others?  What might your mission be?  What can others learn from you?  How can you lead them back to God?  How can you ease another’s suffering?  Speaking for myself, I can honestly say I’ve been to the point I spoke of at the beginning of this post.  I have shouted, “Why me, Lord?”  But I’ve also felt a sense of purpose in these last years that I’ve been posting my blog. Somehow it makes my days of pain and fatigue easier to live with.

I’ll have more thoughts on this next week, but for now, how do you think God can use YOU because of what you’ve been through?

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  1. Kelly Ling says:

    I was raised in a Christian home and went to a Christian school most of my life. In high school, I had a wonderful science teacher. He was great. But I had one big problem with him. He taught us that if we were ill – at any time – we were involved in some kind of sin against God.

    How glad I am that what he said is not true. Time and time again, I have seen others with chronic issues be such a blessing to others. What about the woman that was in her bed all the time that blessed those that came to see her and was such an encouragement to them? What about Spurgeon who suffered with gout? And so many others?

    Be encouraged! God is God – always – and is always faithful to His own, healthy or not!

  2. Love this! I feel the same as you. If I was not sick, God-Living with Chronic Illness and God-Living Girls would not have been born. Labor pains are hard, but sometimes, beautiful things are born.

  3. JoJoisms says:

    Thanks, Laurie. I so agree!

  4. JoJoisms says:

    Oh Kelly, I have heard things from well meaning Christians that just devastate those in struggles/trials. So glad you are encouraged.

  5. Debby says:

    I’m there with you. I am 61yrs old and have been suffering since I was 5yrs old. I can’t remember a time when something didn’t hurt or I didn’t have a migraine. God has been with me through it all. I raised two sons. Went to all of their sporting event. Worked full time until I just couldn’t do it anymore. These days I do nothing. It kills me to remember the person I used to be and how God blessed me for so many years. I ask why a lot now. I plead to be healed and nothing happens.

  6. JoJoisms says:

    (((Debby))) I understand. I’m 54 and have had issues since I was a teen. It’s harder for me to do things now as well. I just feel I’m here for a reason and that reason is to reach out to others because I understand.

  7. Laurie says:

    JoJo dear, this is a beautiful JoJoism! So JoJo like! I love it Girlfriend! Keep in keeping on. You have a message that only you can send. God bless you in this journey! 💜💚💙

  8. JoJoisms says:

    Thank you, Laurie. I do feel that purpose. I have a strong desire to uplift those who face difficult things because I know how draining and hopeless it can seem at times.