Sometimes it seems as if God is ignoring our prayers. Patience is a virtue when it comes to waiting on God's provision, but it's important to remember the solution doesn't always come on our terms. Whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual fulfillment we're seeking, TCW contributors weigh in on how they have come to believe God knows best—even when the going gets tough.
His Healing Heart
"God doesn't always heal."
I think these words are meant to convey that Christians should seek the will of God, as we don't know if he's allowing illness for some purpose that's ultimately for the believer's good. Or perhaps these words are meant to remind us that we aren't entitled to blessings or in any position to demand them from God.
A similar, well-intentioned statement is: "Our greatest spiritual growth comes through trials." This is probably meant to remind us that trials cause us to run to God and may reveal a complacent heart.
That's because even strong Christians may be tempted to doubt God's love at times when they're overwhelmed by physical or emotional pain. Hearing "God doesn't always heal" might cause a person to focus on the ...