In this walk with God I have had ups and downs. I have been well and I have been sick. My question is why do other Christians think I have done something wrong to be sick? Currently I am walking through an illness, and so are members of my family. I did not ask to be sick. Neither did my family. I do not want to be sick. I don’t know why I am am battling this illness. But I do trust that somehow, someway God will get the glory.
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
And here again, Jesus heals the sick. He can even raise the dead if it comes to that!
John 11:1-4 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
God never said there would be no sickness. One of God’s Names is Jehovah-Rapha, “the Lord who heals you”. To me, that means there is sickness out there. Jesus came to heal the sick and bind up the broken-hearted. He came to destroy the works of the Devil.
Yes, we live in a broken world. There is sin and sickness everywhere. Even in the Church. But let us not treat the sick as lepers. Let us not be an Old Testament Church and stone them. Let us be the Hospital that God had called us to be and exercise the Authority God gave us to cast out the sickness, not the person. I am blessed. Even though I was in the hospital last week both Pastors and their wives came to pray with me and anoint me with oil. Thank you Jesus! God bless Pastor Jeff and Carmen and Pastor Mike and Dee of Janesville Apostolic Ministries!
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Let us pray for one another – and not shame the sick. Pray for me my friends. And for my family. I pray the Lord restores you and yours, in Jesus Name. To God be the glory.
Diana Rasmussen is a Faith Builder, Worship Leader, Veteran's wife, and Customer Service Rep. At her blog Prayers and Promises she shares from her heart on how to find hope in this crazy world!