Why are people with Strong Faith and Godly Lives Sick ?
This question has troubled many people who sincerely seek the truth about divine healing. It is a pertinent
question that has to be answered by scripture, not just by our experiences and feelings.
We first need to understand what faith is. Faith is not a feeling or an attitude. Faith is a divine force with which
we are supposed to fight the battles of life. I Tim 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” Faith is based
on the word of God. Rom. 10: 17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. The
word of God is so important to us for it is our
Bread (life) - “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Mat. 4:4)
Light - “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119 : 105)
Sword - “... and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17)
The fight of faith is a battle for this precious word of God. The devil knows how vital God’s word is to us
and fights desperately to snatch it away from us. Not all are perfected in this spiritual warfare to the extent
of warding off sickness and disease.
The ministers of God are in the front-line in spiritual warfare and are more open to the attacks of the
enemy. If those who watch for your soul are stricken, then you are easy prey.
Mark 14 : 27 - “If the Shepherd is smitten, the sheep are scattered”
The devil usually concentrates much of his forces against the shepherd. If he can kill one shepherd,
then he can attack a hundred or more sheep. The ministers of God are your shield against the foe. But
they are constantly in the thick of the battle. If they are ill because of constant battles, then do not be quick
to find fault with them but rather pray for them and their health.
Many of the deaths among God’s servants are because they preferred to go home. After long years of
dedicated service to the Lord, they simply don’t resist sickness when it comes on them, for they would
rather go home to be with their dear Lord. Paul, who longed to depart and be with Christ is an example.
In Phil. 1: 23, 24 he says,
“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
God honors the desires of His children who delight in Him. Such, in times of weakness, release their
spirit or in other words give up their desire to live; and the body without the spirit is dead. Unfortunately,
many think that the man of God has died of an illness.
Often godly people of strong faith are sick because of the weak faith of others. In the church,
“we are members one of another” (Rom. 12 : 5 & Eph. 4 : 25). Nobody is independent in the body of Christ. We are
all interdependent. All our actions affect at least two other people in the body of Christ. Our actions effect
the person above us in the Lord with whom we are connected to spiritually, and the person who is connected
to us. As a result of this strong interdependence, people of strong faith may be sick when the ones with whom
they are connected to become weak in the faith. It is like a chain reaction. One weak link can cause a
malfunction in the adjoining links.
Sometimes we have to endure all things for the sake of the elect instead of being quick to snap of that
weak link. Such endurance is a part of our suffering for Christ.
Rebellion in the church is a major cause for sickness in the body of Christ. Rebellion and stubbornness
are often not recognized for what they are. Rebellion is as witchcraft in the sight of God. I Sam. 15 : 23 -
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
How many of God’s people refuse to change their ways the first time they hear a sermon that convicts
them.? How many of God’s children choose to learn lessons the hard way? All this has a physical effect
on the sincere godly elders and leaders.
Rebellious people inside the church bring witchcraft against the body of Christ. This subtle evil is causing
sickness among truly godly pastors and people. Dealing with rebels is a difficult task for a tender hearted
and long-suffering pastor. Stubbornness and a refusal to change ways is like having idolatry in the church.
While pastors wrestle slowly and carefully with this deathly attack, they also have to consider that other
sheep are not hurt. In this process, often, the man of God becomes weak in body and is prey to diseases.
All godly people are not necessarily well developed or taught in the area of divine healing. Godly people
may be well developed in many aspects of Christian life but they may not have developed their knowledge
and faith in the area of bodily healing. True saints of God may be sick, simply because they are not equipped
for it. Some may be perfect in their knowledge of the Old Testament Characters or the New Birth but have
scant experiential knowledge of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Conversely, some who are flowing in the
manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit may have little knowledge about Bible archaeology or
chronology or of apocalyptic events.
Sometimes godly hope may be mistaken for faith. But hope is distinct from faith. Hope says, “God will
heal me”, while faith says, “God has healed me”. Healing is not only God’s promise, but His provision for
us. Healing became ours when Jesus’ body was torn open by the whipping and
while nailed on the cross. It is
faith which lays hold of this provision to make it one's own. True, experiential faith sees things that are not,
as though they were.
I Cor. 13 : 13 - “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three”
Hope and faith should go together to manifest the present and abiding love of the Father.
Job was a godly man who knew a lot about God. Job had heard about God, but later his spiritual eyes
were opened and he saw God.
Job 42 : 5 - “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee”
It is faith that sees the things that are not apparent but are more real than the things that are tangible.
In concluding this chapter, we would be well advised to be very cautious about what we say regarding godly
people who are sick. There can be more than one reason for their illness and we should continue to consider
them as champions of God.
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