God’s Will vs Willing
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
God can do all things. He is the great I AM, the Giver of Life, and the Creator of the Universe. He is Almighty in power and a just God. So why does He heal some and not others?
I would define WILLING as having a specific attitude in which you are inclined to grant something. It would include a tendency to lean in favor of something proposed.
I would define WILL as an intention, purpose, or desire.
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to His Father, He asked God if it were possible to avoid the crucifixion. Jesus than submitted to God by saying, “Yet not My will, but what You will.” Jesus was asking God if He was WILLING or INCLINED to find a different means to ransom the world as adopted children of God.
God’s response to Jesus was a silent, “No.” Jesus had to face the cross and carry the sins of the world on His back. The death of HIS beloved SON was the means to a greater end. The crucifixion was God’s plan and His purposes are always completed. We may not understand how things work for good or why they must be, but through faith we grow to accept His plans and purpose as perfect and just.
It was God’s WILL or INTENTION to sacrifice His own Son so that all believers could live an eternal life through the blood of Jesus. Was this an easy or joyful decision for Jesus or Father God? No, but Jesus WILLINGLY became the sacrificial lamb and agreed to the WILL of God for He trusted His Father and knew His plan was perfect.
So now back to why God heals some and not others. There is most certainly a greater goal to be accomplished by the death. The loss of a loved one has been known to push an unbeliever into the arms of Christ. A death may be the only thing that gets someone’s attention. Through sorrow we often examine our life and the condition of our own heart.
Therefore, what the enemy means for evil, God can always turn into a greater good. God’s intentions, desires, and WILL are to have us draw near to Him. If it takes a tragedy or even an early and unexpected death, we must accept the WILL of God. Yes, we must trust that His intentions far outweigh that which we are INCLINED to pray for when we seek our God’s favor.
We can find comfort in knowing that God is in control and He has a loving purpose or plan, a plan to prosper and not to harm us. When tragedy strikes we can fail to see or understand the good in the situation. Pain, loss, fear, and anger may be all we can feel and conceive. Finding the future prosperity in tragic events will require soul searching, but God is not out to harm and destroy His beloved children. This is when “walking by faith” must rescue us from the pit of despair set by the enemy. He will always try to create hopelessness in difficult circumstances. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God’s plans for all of His children include, “a plan with a hope and a future.”
Even if that future is with a sick loved one who faces an early death, we must by faith choose to recognize that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Ro. 8:28 NIV) Who knows how many souls will be won for Christ through the loss of the one you care for with such devotion?
Is your spiritual walk one where you accept the Will of God in your life with little or no question? Are you WILLING to accept His plan for you and His purpose in those near you, no matter the cost? Can you lay down your will and desires for His sake? His purpose is always just. God does not have to explain His plan to His creation. Sometimes He will, but usually we are required to trust in His love for us and submit. Walking by faith means we must trust in the purposes of God, even when we understand not why.
“They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ He said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’
Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. ‘Abba, Father,’ He said, ‘everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.’” Matthew 26:32-36 (NIV)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)