Why Doesn’t God Heal People Anymore?

If you’re a Christian you’ve heard the question asked more than once. And probably asked it a few times yourself.

“Why doesn’t God heal people anymore?”

God needs me least of all to defend him; he’s big enough to do that himself. But might I point out a few obvious truths?

The life expectancy of Americans in the 1800′s floated around 40-45 years. Which would mean I have about 10 years left before I’m gone. Scarier still is that that number drops into the 30′s once you hit the 1700′s and the 1600′s.

Advances in science, personal hygiene and food practices have all contributed to the longevity of the populace. But where did those advances come from?

The big bang. I know.

But really?

I’d contend that the Lord has been healing us all along by depositing his “superior ways of doing life” into the hearts and minds of those with a genuine heart to see mankind rise above the adverse affects of sin we donned upon ourselves. He’s been healing us with wisdom for a very long time.

Maybe not the answer you were expecting, but one we must process nonetheless.

Another obvious truth is that not only do we fail to ascribe credit where credit is due, but we’re forgetful.

One of the more depressing segments of human history can be found in the documentation of the Children of Israel and their utter forgetfulness about the miracles that they lived through. I’m not talking headache relief with an Aspirin kind of miracles, I’m talking food falling from the sky everyday kind of miracles.

And yet God chastised them. Because they so easily forgot. In fact, they failed so miserably at remembering all the miracles they had seen that their kids never knew about it all:

“There arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)

You’ve probably already forgotten about legit healings you’ve heard about in the past. Because you and I are not that far removed from the Children of Israel.

We hear (Hebrews 3:16) and yet forget. And that forgetting provokes unbelief which keeps us from entering in (3:19).

Two years ago New Life started a Twitter account dedicated solely to documenting, in list form, miracles that were breaking out just among our church family. Re-reading it today is staggering, as I forgot about all those wonderful events. Until now.

I think I’ll go update that account.

So we can remember.

So we can give credit where credit is due.

A better question than “Why doesn’t God heal anymore?” is “How do we forget so easily?” And if the Children of Israel had the holy writings of their leaders – arguably more substantial than a Twitter account – how can I possibly do any better?

Simple.

Remembering the works of the Lord in our day is a choice. It’s deliberate. It’s intentionally looking for and acknowledging his work around is every day.

Where is the Lord?

Where is he not.

Where are all the miracles?

Everywhere. All day. Every day. We must chose to see them.

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  • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

    UPDATE: After receiving a phone call this morning from a close friend on behalf of a pastoral team, I’ve chosen to remove a previous section of this post citing a woman’s healed leg. I don’t feel it’s necessary to go into any more detail for the sake of protecting this precious lady.

  • http://kenneyediting.wordpress.com Susan

    Funny that you should post this today – I was just worrying at this very issue in my devotions this morning. I didn’t get any clearcut answer – but you have provided me with an added perspective that I really needed. We DO so often forget the absolutely astounding, mind-bending miracles that God has already done in our lives. I had to end my devotions with reminding myself of 2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” Whether I’m healed or not (or others are healed or not), God will give me all I need to do the works He has planned out for me.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Good word, Sue. And so blessed I could help contribute to the thought process.

  • http://haveajasonday.com Jason Day

    In our search for healing sometimes we forget, that through Jesus, we are made whole again. That in itself is healing and a miracle.
    Good word bro!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      So so so true. It is the greatest miracle of all!

  • http://christiandfahey.wordpress.com/ Christian Fahey

    Important post, CKH, and timely reminder. I appreciate your thoughts re: increased longevity but also on those unexplainable, divine interruptions that glorify God and leave us mystified–and grateful. “We have a better covenant based on better promises.” If healing was part of an inferior covenant (Exodus 15:26), how much more should we step out and seek the powers of the age to come now? I could go on and on but I’ll stop. I just love this! Thanks.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Oooo such a good point. It reminds me the Corinthian teaching that if an inferior covenant came with certain glory (enough to make Moses’ face physically radiate), how much more literal glory should accompany those under a superior covenant?!

      Always cherish your feedback.

      PS – Anna’s blog post from a few days ago was exceptionally powerful and slobbering.

    • http://christiandfahey.wordpress.com/ Christian Fahey

      Wow–that’s a good point (old covenant being so glorious Moses had to put on a veil)! You’re quite welcome. And yes, Anna’s was shattering. I can’t even imagine (and most of those doing the things she saw are just trying to survive). I know you’ve a busy month but when you’ve rested, I’d still like to have you do a guest post on mine (you could send one–new or old–or I could repost one you’ve done or whatever works easiest for you).

  • Beth

    As Christians we know that bad things happen and God doesn’t like it any more than we do. As the quote I sent out today says
    “What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens” ~Thaddeus Golas

    As you know, but not many other do, last week I got a call that my grandpa was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Of course, I started praying and worrying ( the one bad habit I get from my grandma, lol). He ended up having pneumonia and they kept him over night. After different tests they decided to do a colonoscopy, in which case they found tumors. His reaction to those findings was inspirational, his strength and response of take them out, kept us all from getting upset. God used the pneumonia to show the dr’s the tumors and brought the family together. Grandpa is healthy enough to have the operation and he is just ready for it. That is a man of faith,
    This was my reminder that miracles happen even when you think thinks are bad. Look for the blessings in the rough days.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Great point, even in the midst of apparent hardship there’s a plan. Praying for your grandpa.

  • http://realmofhearts.blogspot.com/ RyanPaigeHoward (RyanHeart)

    Thank you for sharing CH. I always appreciate your uplifting post. I hope you don’t mind, but I shared this post on my blog for today… too good to not share. Thank you again for this true reminder… been on my mind lately, due to a sad thing that has happened in my area.

    Beth, your post really touched me too. Thank you for sharing and I’ll keep your wonderful grandpa in my prayers.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I’m honored that you’d pass anything on. You always have my past, present and future permission.

    • http://Dreamingprincess@wordpress.com Beth

      Thank you, Ryan. Prayers are always appreciated.

  • Gabe

    Amen! Jesus is healing people all the time, even in little things like headaches (I know, because that’s been happening a lot to me and my sister lately :))

    The Twitter thing is a great idea, too.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Awesome Gabe! I was actually healed of chronic migraine headaches when I was seven – something I remain grateful for to this day.

  • Ciara

    I think a lot of time healings are ignored in out culture (especially smaller ones) because we have so much extra stuff that we’re constantly crediting this medicine or that great doctor, when a lot of the time it can be easily said that it is God working through the different medicines or doctors to bring around healing. I think it can show up in a lot of other cultures because of their poverty, but at the same time those are places where it’s less likely to be noticed (by us) because they’re so far away.

    My grade five teacher told us a story about how, right after he became a Christian, he discovered he had a brain tumor (or something along the lines of that — something bad to do with the brain). The doctors pretty much told him he was going to die, but one day when he was walking up a flight of stairs he literally heard this popping noise in his head, and the next time he went back to the doctor, he was healed. And thank goodness for that, because since then he’s touched so many lives, including my own.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      What a fabulous story!

      And I think your articulated the acts of God’s healing methods within various cultures extremely well. I couldn’t agree more.

  • Alwin

    Sure, I believe we are all made whole in Christ, his blood makes us complete. Would I say the same thing if I was in a wheel chair or crippled or blind or deaf just paralyzed from neck down and all I do is lay on my bed? Can I tell the same thing to a dear friend of mine who also believes in Christ but she also knows she has an incurable disease and doctors can’t help her anymore?

    I watched another friend of mine who passed away because of Cancer and she told me that because she has this disease she couldn’t believe in God… If God only healed her, I’m sure she would’ve travelled many places sharing her testimony!

    I believe in God and ready to give my life for him, I live in India and if only God would work his miracles in a couple of them here. This nation will change completely, but none knows the will of God, all we can do is lay hands and pray for someone and open our Eyes to realize nothing has happened that moment…

    So we change our prayer from Heal her now to We pray you will heal her slowly each day… And all that has happened is that our spirit and faith has weakened because we are fighting our own thoughts full of questions like “Why didn’t God use me? Why didn’t he heal her? I know it is his will to heal, then why didn’t He? Did I pray right? Did God find something selfish in me or in my prayer? or was the person I prayed for had to repent?”

    I will meet my friend soon, I will hold her hand and pray for her healing, even though the Doctors have given up on her, I know someone who knows our inside and outside and everything bows before him at his one command so I’ll pray for a miracle just like I did for the one who had fractured his leg or a person who has squint eyes and couldn’t get a driver license because he is crossed eyed and even though I know none of them were healed then or healed slowly. I will try again this time for God to work through me or just himself so lives are changed. I’m desperate because it is so challenging to live in this country and every where you turn you see stone and trees and animals being worshipped and so much of persecution to those who go out and tell regular people about Christ. We want people to be saved so why wouldn’t God perform a miracle when we visit hospitals or orphanages with disabled kids?? So many would come to know him through that miracle … I like everyone else will be still and hope God works through us, someday or just opens my mind to see his greater plan and purpose for this nation.

  • http://www.jakeescholl.wordpress.com/ Jake Scholl

    I’ve had my share of people that have tried to “cure” me (I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) and someone even tried to get me to go to a church to visit a scamming “healer”. I feel if God wants me cured, the doctor or doctors He chooses will create a treatment. So in a way I think God still heals. He just does it through people, but it won’t be instantaneous like when Jesus came. And if I die before I get treated , I get eternal life like every other Christian, and will get to run all I want. :)

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Jake: thanks for sharing. I look forward to your complete healing, as you’ve shared. That will be a wonderful day! I praise God for the doctors and nurses that worked healing on my father (who fell 3,000′ in a plane crash) and my sister-in-law (who hit a tree with her head at 65mph). And while their work helped keep them alive, it was the miracles we witnessed that astounded all…even turned one atheist neurosurgeon into a Believer.

      For me, I’m desiring the day that we as Christians finally fulfill what Jesus intended when he professed we’d do above and beyond what He did by the empowerment of Him in us (not just Him among us). We have a long way to go still.