Why Do Christians Get Sick? Part 1
In today’s world we seem to blame God for everything. We say disease, sickness, and even death is an act of God or it is God’s will. Shouldn’t we stop blaming God for everything and turn to Bible to see what it has to say about why Christians get sick? The Bible gives three reasons for sickness and physical problems; all of our afflictions fall into one of these categories.
1. To Glorify God In Gospel of John, Chapter 9, verses1-3, we read of a man who was blind from birth. Neither he nor his parents had sinned. The Bible asked: “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, ‘Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that works of God should be made manifest in him.’”
The apostle had a thorn in flesh. “He prayed three times for healing but Lord said: ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’” II Corinthians 12:7-9. If this is our lot in life and we are sick or dying, we can say as Paul said: “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” If our affliction is for glory of God, all prayers in world will not remove it.
2. Sins Unconfessed In 1 Corinthians 11: 28-32, we read about weakness, sickness, and an early death coming upon believers when they would not confess their sins. They were judged by God. “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of Lord, that we should not be condemned with world.”