Why Wasn’t Loved One Healed?
You prayed for your loved one to be healed physically. But now you're wondering why that healing never came. Perhaps you're asking, "Did God not hear my prayers? If He did, why could He not grant this one request?"
I have been doing hospice work for more than 15 years, working at three hospices in different cities. When I first worked for a hospice, I had to reconcile my belief system with what I was experiencing in my field of ministry. As I began to think about healing, I arrived at the belief that there are two different kinds of healing.
Certainly, we see throughout Scripture where Jesus healed people in the New Testament instantaneously. And yes, He does heal instantaneously today. That is my own personal belief system. I believe that God does heal us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, for we see that reflected throughout Scripture.
However, I also believe that there are two different kinds of healing that can take place when someone is sick physically. I believe that God can heal them physically and instantaneously, and I also believe that God can give them the ultimate healing, which is allowing them "to go home." For the believer, they do not lose; ultimately, they are the victors.
Sure, we would love for them to be healed instantaneously and be with us on this side of Heaven. But just think with me: When we go through our lives, there are some things that are worse than death. As I was recently reminded about perception, God sees things from 30,000 feet and we see only what is in front of us at any given moment. He knows what is coming down the road for each of us, because whatever we encounter in life is not a surprise to Him. Ultimately, He had the best interest of your friend and loved one at heart.
I Corinthians 13:8 and 13:12 say, respectively, "For we know in part..." and "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." I believe that speaks of our perception. We don't see all of the picture. We only see a portion, so we have to trust the One who sees the past, present, and future.
Did God hear your prayers? Why, certainly! God hears the cries of our heart, and even Scripture, in Hebrews 4:12, declares to us that He knows the thoughts and intents of our heart. Sometimes we think that if our loved ones are not healed instantaneously, they are not healed. Yet I disagree; I believe that when my loved ones are not healed instantaneously on this earth, they are given the ultimate healing of being with the One whom they have desired to be with and have lived their lives so faithfully to see. Remember the Scripture I shared above: "but then face to face." That is the ultimate healing—to be present with the One who gives life, to see Him face to face. Did God bring healing? Yes, He chose to heal in a different manner than perhaps expected, but He did heal!
—Saundra Yates, Bereavement Coordinator/Chaplain
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