I’d like you to try a little experiment. Ok?
Before we start can we come to some agreements? In our Christian faith you know who Jesus is, right?
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Look at verses 6 and 7. Jesus existed in the form of God. But He left that equality and became a man, emptying Himself. He humbled Himself and became a man. He didn’t give up the fact that He is God.
So our agreement is that Jesus is God. Yes? And that Jesus came to earth and was fully man and fully God. His Father was in heaven. He prayed to His Father. We also know that He and His Father are One. This much we know and can agree on. We also want to remember one other thing pertinent here:
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Help me here now. This says that Jesus does not do His own will, but the will of the Father.
Now the experiment.
Look through your bible and please find for me anytime, anywhere or any thing that Jesus did to either make or leave someone sick or diseased.
So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”
Jesus says here that He does what pleases the Father. So if it is the Father’s will that some be made sick or diseased so that the Glory of God can be shown, can you please show me this? Where did Jesus ever make anyone sick? Where did Jesus ever put a disease on someone? The last part of verse 28 tells us that Jesus speaks the things that the Father taught Him. Did Jesus ever speak about making people sick? About using sickness as a tool?
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
This is one of the verses used to show how God uses sickness for His glory. So let us look at it a bit closer. What do we see. We see Lazarus is sick. We see Jesus stating that God will get glory from this, and further that Jesus will be glorified through it.
Note: nowhere here does it say that God made Lazarus sick. It doesn’t say that God uses sickness as a tool. The sickness is not highlighted as a thing manufactured, created, used as a tool, or in any way manipulated by God in this situation. No, it simply says that “a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany.” He was sick. It is a product of the curse in this world.
Deuteronomy 28:2; 15
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
Go and read Deuteronomy 28. Verses 1 through 14 are all about the blessings that will come to man. Verses 15 to the end of the chapter is all about the curses that will come to man. Examine it and find sickness. Find all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Determine for yourself where these sicknesses are: under the blessing or under the curse.
Then ask yourself: does God wield the curse? He does not.
So why, precious brother and precious sister, would you want to say that God made you sick? That God wanted you diseased? It wasn’t God. It was the curse of this world, brought on by the fall.
Look again at Deuteronomy 28:2 and 15. If you obey God, you walk in blessing; if you do not obey God, you walk in the curse. This is your choice. You get to walk — in the blessing, or in the curse. Need more proof?
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,
Blessing and the curse have been placed before you. They have been created to exist in this world (this works for the saved and unsaved alike!). And it is your choice as to which side to walk in. Most of us weave back and forth, walking many times in the blessing and other times in the curse. But God tells us that it is our choice. We choose. He gives us a hint: “So choose life!”. But it is our choice.
Believe me, God does not have in His mind to hurt you. He does not have in His will for you to get touched by the curse. He does not use the curse, nor the sickness and disease in the curse to teach you anything. If you are sick or disabled, it is not because God wants you that way!
In other words, don’t blame God. God’s not out to hurt you.