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Is God Glorified Through Sickness?

The question was raised in a forum: “Does God allow sickness to come upon us for His glory?”

A pretty good question that brought in varied responses. Some would argue that God loves us and would not allow it. Some would conclude that if we’re walking with God that we’re exempt from illness.

But what does God Word say? Not my feelings. Not what makes sense to me when in an emotional state. What does God’s Word say about it?

The book of Job comes to mind. Job didn’t deserve the raw deal he was handed. He did not bring it on himself. Satan was out to prove that Job would curse God and die, but God knew better. Pretty much God said, “Bring it on!”

Job lost everything. He was even inflicted physically in a most painful manner. Did Job understand? No. Did he like it? Not at all! Did Job curse God and die? No!

Job’s response was, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”  The Bible tells us that, “In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10)

Was God glorified? Yes! A definite, resounding yes!

Too often I fear we get caught up with thinking that this is all about us. It’s not. At least not as much as we would like to think. Our purpose is to glorify God.  (Romans 14:8)

God can be glorified through miraculous healing. At the same time, He can also be glorified by our suffering well. Hebrews chapter 11 gives accounts of those who saw their loved ones raised from the dead BY FAITH, but there are also accounts of others who were tortured and killed BY FAITH.

Even Paul the apostle had an infirmity. He asked three times that God remove it. God chose not to remove it.

Can the pot say to the Potter, make me thus? No, the Potter has the right to choose how best the clay can be used.

There are definitely times when God brings sickness upon us to bring Him the glory. The question is, are we willing to call God our God even if He chooses to be glorified through our suffering instead of through a miraculous healing?

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