Are you sick, or know some who is?
Maybe you’ve heard people say, “God’s put this trouble/trial/sickness on you to teach you something.” Or maybe someone’s well-meaning advice went like this: “God has allowed this trouble/trial/sickness to come upon you to help you grow.”
Neither statement is true. It may sound spiritual to say something like that, but it is wrong. Remember, God never changes and He is always good. This is so important to understand.
Going to the Doctor
Consider sickness as an example. Some people say God put sickness on them to teach them something. If this is correct, then they’re saying that it is God’s will that they are sick. These same people go to the doctor to try and get the illness to go away.
I want to say to them, “Wait a minute. If the sickness is God’s will for you, if this is how He’s going to train and teach you, then why are you going to the doctor and trying to get better? Are you trying to get out of God’s will?”
Of course we can see how that position is ridiculous. Of course a person who is sick wants to get better. And God wants that person to get better too. It is never His will for people to be sick. It is always His will to heal us.
He always has been and always will be a healing God. He said, “I am the Lord who heals you” (Exod. 15:26). Jesus Himself bore your sicknesses (Matt. 8:17) and by His stripes you were healed, more than 2,000 years ago (1 Pet. 2:24).
God doesn’t cause sickness, or any other trial and trouble. He is not the killer or destroyer. He is good!
Pressing into God
Part of the confusion comes because people do learn lessons and gain insights from God when trouble or sickness comes.
This happens, though, because when trouble or pain come, people run to God, press into His Word, listen to all their teaching CDs, and take lots of notes at church. If the sick person is confined to bed, he has plenty of time to seek God and listen to the Holy Spirit.
I think most people have been in this situation. You press into God because you’re in trouble, and He answers.
But of course, you could have learned the lesson at hand without being sick or in trouble. God doesn’t need for you to be sick for Him to teach you something. Every time you press into God, He is there to meet you, teach you, and help you grow.
God teaches you by His Word and His Spirit, not by trouble, trial, sickness, or any other tool of the enemy.
You can avail yourself to His Word and His Spirit any time you want. In fact, it is advisable that you seek Him before trouble comes so you’re ready to stand up strong and enforce your covenant.