Why doesn't God heal everyone?

by Matt Slick
1/20/2017

God does not heal everyone because it is not his will to heal everyone. Now, this answer may not be very satisfying to some, but it is correct. God does all things according to his will (Ephesians 1:11), not ours. This should be the ultimate answer. But, another question follows. Why is it not God's will to heal everyone? After all, people are suffering, and if God healed people, it would help them. Also, it would significantly increase the reputation of the Christian faith, thereby aiding in its advancement in the world. So again, why doesn't God heal everyone? In fact, why doesn't he heal more people than he already does? I am not sure. I can say that he has reasons we do not understand and that in his infinite wisdom he does things the way things ought to be done. Nevertheless, I can offer some additional possible answers.

God does not heal more people because we lack faith.

  • Mark 6:4–6, "Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5 And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching."

In the case of Jesus, we have this very interesting set of verses where it says he could do no miracles because of the unbelief of people. Now, we know that God can heal people whether they want to be healed or not. But I think we can conclude that there is an element of faith that is connected with the issue of healing. It appears that God will move among his people in relationship to the faith that they have in him and his work. Please consider the following verses in support of this idea.

  • Matthew 8:13, "And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment."
  • Matthew 9:22, " But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well."
  • Matthew 9:29–30, "Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!”"
  • Matthew 14:28–32, "Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped."
  • Matthew 17:19–20, "Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."

Hopefully, you can see where Jesus teaches us that healing will be done according to our faith (Matt. 8:13; 9:29). Could it be that we don't have enough faith for God to heal? Could it be that he is waiting for us to live by faith (Heb. 2:4) and that he rewards our faith in him? Perhaps. After all, we ought to have more faith in God and he is worthy of our adoration, trust, and faith.

However, I need to warn people not to have faith in faith, but faith in God. After all, there are a lot of charismatic "wackos" who go around claiming they are supposed to be healthy and wealthy and that it is God's will that all Christian be healed. They misinterpret scripture and abuse their positions of authority and increase their bank accounts in the process. We need only to look at the likes of Benny Hinn, Robert Tildon, Kenneth Copeland, et. al. to see the incredible misrepresentation and abuse of the charismatic gifts. Nevertheless, Jesus told the people around him that they would be healed according to their belief. So, I cannot help but consider his words and wonder to what extent that we could do more if our faith in him was greater.

God does not heal because it's not his will

In addition, we must acknowledge that our prayers will be answered, but they will be answered according to the will of God.

  • 1 John 5:14, "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."

Just because we exercise faith in God, it does not mean that God is obligated to grant to us whatever we want. As I said at the opening of this article, God does not heal everyone because it is not his will to heal everyone.  He has his reasons for leaving people sick.  We must be willing to submit to the will of God in all things and trust that he knows what he is doing.

God Does not heal because our faith might then be in healing and not in God

People have a tendency to seek the miracle, look for the extraordinary and in the context of religion, they put their faith in the experience instead of God. This is idolatry. So, perhaps God does not heal more than he does because he doesn't want people to put their faith in the experience, rather than in him. This seems to be the case is the scripture. 

  • John 6:2, "A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick."

Even the apostle Paul could not heal everyone

Some Christians believe that the apostles could heal automatically because they were called by Christ to fulfill a special office.  But, as you can see from the following scriptures, that is not the case.

  • 1 Tim. 5:23, "No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments."
  • 2 Timothy 4:20, "Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus."

Why would Paul tell people to take wine for their ailments if he could just heal them?  Also, he left Trophimus sick at Miletus.  Paul couldn't heal him.  Apparently not because it wasn't God's will.

Conclusion

Ultimately we have to realize that God's will must be done and he has his reasons for not healing people more than he does.  We don't know exactly why that is the case in every instance, but at least we can trust that he knows what he is doing.  And, to reiterate, our faith should not be in healing, but in God - even when we are sick and downtrodden.

 

 

 

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.