I wish I knew why one person suffers and the next one doesn’t. I wish I knew why some people never seem to get sick and others are sick all the time. I wish I knew why one person prays and is healed on the spot and the next one prays and dies. I wish I knew why hands are laid on one person and they receive immediate and miraculous healing and the next person gets sicker.
For whatever His reasons, God has chosen to keep many things a mystery to us. He has revealed many great and wonderful truths in His Word, but He has also withheld the meaning of many things also. In many respects, it seems almost as if there are more things we don’t understand than we do when it comes to whys and wherefores of our Heavenly Father.
It must be remembered that God knows everything and thus He knows every detail regarding our lives, our bodies, our hearts and our minds. God knows what we have done with every minute of our lives. He knows the times we have trusted Him totally and the times we have drifted off to do our own thing. There is nothing about us that is a mystery to GOD. The mystery comes in us understanding what and how God thinks about us and our situations.
I would not want to even begin to try and explain how God deals with genetics. He is the one who determined what we would be like based on the genetic makeup we inherited from our parents. God knows who will be skinny or short or fat or tall. God knows who has the genetic markers which make for weak spots dealing with various diseases and cancers. God knows who will be fighting battles in the mental as well as addiction realms based on genetics.
Far too often I think we look at a person who is fighting a battle either with a disease, addiction or affliction and blame them for not being a “better believer”. Far too often I believe we allow our own fine feelings at a given time to trick us into judging another who is not doing fine. Far too often I see one believer lose patience with another believer who can’t seem to “more than conquer” a problem.
Where and how this attitude of judging and condemning entered into our faith, I do not know. All I do know is that we are not helping anyone by condemning them for their inability to get well physically or for their horrid financial state they find themselves in. It seems to me this is no different than the Pharisees judging everyone for not keeping the whole law.
Here is a newsflash that I wish everyone would pause and consider. The longer we live and have to deal with this rotten and corrupt world, the greater the chance there is going to be something that comes up in this life which will trip us up and cause us to stumble. When that time comes when we stumble, do we want others to come around in their sanctimonious manner and wag their collective fingers at us as they scold us for being so weak?
I know all about “tough love” and how supposedly that is what many people need to rise up from the ashes of their sins and problems. That may be so in some cases but it is also absolutely wrong in many others. What if Jesus picked up the woman taken in adultery and threw her against the wall and yelled at her for being a sinner? Do you think the crowd would have withheld their tones from being thrown?
What if Jesus had grabbed Peter by the collar and dunked his head under the waves when he failed to keep walking on the water? What if Jesus had decided to teach him a lesson and allowed him to drown when he started to sink? What lesson is served by allowing someone to flounder or die in their sins?
If there is one thing Jesus taught us it is that great patience and understanding must be manifested when dealing with people and their situations. Jesus did not heal every person he met. Jesus did not tenderly allow every sinner to wash His feet. Jesus did not come to the defense of every person taken in the sin they were trapped in. Jesus looked at each person and each situation individually and dealt with them accordingly.
I am not a perfect person in the flesh. I have tons of bad habits and have done tons of stupid things in my life.
God loves us not because we are healthy, wealthy or wise. God loves us because we are His kids. God does not sit in heaven throwing lightning bolts down upon us when we get sick, have financial woes or fall prey to a bad addiction. To the contrary, He looks upon us with great compassion and is always eager and willing to help us through these difficult times.
Regardless of where your life is at in the physical or material realm, always remember that God loves you for who you are and not whether you are the walking manifestation of perfect health. Always remember that God looks on your heart and He knows the battles you are facing due to genetics or other things. God will never judge or condemn you if you keep giving to Him your challenges and keep trusting in Him to take care of you.