If you’ve ever read 2 Samuel, you might have read about Mephibosheph in Chapter 9. He was a man that was lame in both feet. He could not walk. But he was a righteous man.
God did not heal his lame limbs. He could have, but he didn’t. However, God did sit him at the king’s table for the last several years of his life.
Why wouldn’t God heal him? Was it because he was a sinner? Ha. Aren’t we all?
No, it wasn’t a punishment that he was lame. It was a test, a trail, a training, and a testimony. Who knows how this man may have benefited or suffered because of his pain, but because he was faithful, God blessed him through his trail.
Every bad thing that happens to “good people” is not always a punishment. Often it’s to prepare you, to train you for the rest of your life. It can be to show you what’s really important in life. It can be to bring you to God. It can be a doorway to ministry. But it all has a purpose, and if you’re faithful, you’ll see that purpose.
God does arrange for people to be miraculously healed of cancer, to escape a car crash without a scratch, or a handful of other amazing stories we’ve all heard and those can be eye-opening blessings that can change a life. But be honest, most of us appreciate a blessing more when we have to work, struggle, and suffer to get it.
That is why more people struggle with sickness or get hurt badly (physically and/or emotionally). It’s to train you in tough situations and make a better, stronger, and more blessed child of God. In fact, you might have been being trained you whole life for that moment of sickness, to share God’s love and hope with others.
This is why you can always find sick Christians in the hospital. While people in the world may think, “How can they believe in a God that would allow them to suffer like this?” those of us suffering know two things: We are eternally secure and God uses all things for good.
And even if these things eventually kill us, we rest in knowing we will sit at the King’s table for the rest of eternity.