DOES GOD TRY US WITH SICKNESS OR DISEASE?
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12 KJV)
In the next two capsules I will try to answer the question ' does God tempt us with sickness or disease or does He allow it?' There is so much confusion about this, I have seen it wreck people's faith. On one hand they believe God is good and He is the source of healing (capsules 1 and 2) on the other hand they've been taught that He uses disease or allows it to perfect them. This is what the scriptures call being 'double-minded'. This kind of theology will render your faith useless and kill you in a hurry (James 1:5-8).
Sad to say the reason why people reach this conclusion is due to poor understanding of the scriptures, so they end up parroting others. James chapter one is a case in view. In verse 2 it says 'count it joy or rejoice when you fall into diverse temptation' and in verse 12 it says there is a reward if you survive this temptation. People put this two together and reach their own conclusion . Without doing any deep study, it is obvious that neither of these scriptures say God is the source of your temptation, in fact verse 2 states that 'you' fell into it, (and this happens because of various reasons, some of which might be directly your fault). If temptation or trials or tests or tribulations alone perfects anyone, why do people suffer and die from them or why ain't the people who suffer the most the most healthy or perfected? To compound matter, people who believe this and teach it, seek some form of treatment when they are sick. If they truly accept this line of thought why don't they stay sick so that they can be perfected? If you read these scriptures in context, you only survive these tests, trials, temptations and tribulations, if you only have the faith of God. You need the word of God to avoid being a casualty.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (James 1:13 KJV)
In that same James 1 in verse 13, it states it clearly that it is wrong for anyone ( especially a New Testament believer) to say he is tempted of God. It goes further to say 'God cannot be tempted with evil neither does He tempt any man'. Sickness is evil , disease is evil, it cannot be clearer than that.... KIS! In fact verse 16 admonishes you not to make that mistake or be deceived that God can be tempted or tempt anyone with evil .
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. (James 1:14-16 KJV)
Except you are clear in your mind and know beyond any contradiction that sickness or disease is never from God, you will struggle. You will not be able to fight with everything you've got, at best you will only give a token resistance because there will always be a nagging thought or an unanswered question in your heart 'Is this from God, is He trying to perfect me?
IF IT'S SICKNESS, IF IT'S DISEASE, THEN IT'S NOT FROM GOD.....KIS
In the next few capsules we would look at some more scriptures including 'Paul's thorn'