A recent blog written by John Knox ( @watchmanjohn ) has caused me to ponder the question of why God heals/delivers instantaneously at times while other times seems to do it slowly or not at all. It is a valid question but unfortunately the asker is often given the wrong answer. They are told it is because they do not have enough faith.
Do we really realize the false message we are sending? Do we realize we have just told the person they are not good enough to be healed or be delivered? Jesus said that if we had even a mustard seed of faith we could move a mountain into the sea. A mustard seed of faith. Tell me, isn't the very act of crying out to God "a mustard seed of faith"? I believe it is.
So why does God sometimes seem to move instantaneously and other times seem to move painfully slow or not at all? In order to answer that question we first must understand that we cannot fully answer it. We can only speculate because we are not God. We can neither see nor understand the full picture. Only God can but He does give us glimpses of the answer through His Word and the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
He doesn't want us to just be receivers, He wants us to be participants so that we can more deeply know who He is and how much He really does love us. He wants to teach us that even though He is our Healer and Deliverer, His grace is sufficient and He walks beside us in the fiercest of storms. He is the God who can part the Red Sea but He is also the God who walks with you in the fiery furnace and sits with you in the lions' den. Which is greater, instantaneous healing or deliverance or learning to walk by faith not by sight day after day after day? While both our great I believe the latter is even greater.
Which requires more faith? To walk with God because He healed you or to walk with God because you believe even though you have not yet seen?
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9 (NLT)
Scripture quotation taken from The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.