God does not show favoritism and He is not a respecter of person either. He rules and runs His creations according to His will and His Word, and not according to any influence or manipulation of man. God’s judgment is according to His Word, His mercy, grace, justice and righteousness. He gives rain and sunlight to both the righteous and the wicked. However, God deals with man individually, each according to his faith. There are no two individuals in this world that had exact same experience with God, because every believer who had received Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, received Him in a unique and distinctive way, and dissimilar from others.
The same holds true when it comes to receiving healing from sickness and diseases. When someone testifies on how God has healed him, we tend to believe and expect God will also heal us the same way, but that is not the case. The fact is, not all receive instant healing. Even in healing crusades, conventions, services, prayer meetings, and fellowships, healings come in different ways. Although at times, many were healed, however, each individual healing experience was unique.
It is not a healthy spiritual endeavor to expect God to heal you or bless you based on the experience of others. God blesses you according to His Word, His Covenant and His mercy and grace upon you. It is your faith in Him and in His Word that the goodness of God is released to meet your needs. Also, it is not a healthy spiritual endeavor to compare your blessings from others. Comparing your blessings to others is accusing God of having favoritism. Again, God deals with us individually according to our faith in Him and in His Word.
The following are some of the Biblical scenarios on different ways God heals the sick:
John 5:1-7 NLT Healing of a Paralyzed Man in the Pool of Bethesda
“… Jesus returned to Jerusalem … Inside the city, … was the pool of Bethesda, … Crowds of sick people – blind, lame, or paralyzed … One of the men … had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when water bubbles up. Someone else gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! …”
The scriptures above tell us that Jesus noticed this man out of the many who were sick and specifically dealt with him. The man was immediately healed when he obeyed Jesus. The question arises why did Jesus single out this man? What about the others there that also needed healings? You see God deals with us individually in a unique way.
John 4:46-52 NLT Healing of a Son of a Government Official
“…There was a government official in nearby Capernaum … whose son was very sick. When he heard Jesus … he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die … The official pleaded, “Lord please come now before my little boy dies.” Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home. … While on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well…”
This healing was received by a little boy through his father’s belief in Jesus’ Word. The little boy had nothing to do with it and didn’t even know what took place. But because of his father’s obedience to Jesus, he was healed. You see, Jesus had no need to lay his hands to the boy. He told the father to go home because his son was healed already.
John 9:1-7 NLT Healing of a Man Who was Blind from Birth
“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. … Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam”… So the man went and washed and came back seeing!”
This blind man received his healing by obeying Jesus. Jesus told him to wash himself in the pool of Siloam after Jesus spread mud over his eyes, and he did. The Bible did not give us an explanation why Jesus had to do this. Jesus could have just rebuked the sickness.
Mark 5:22-24, 35-42 NLT Healing of the Daughter of Jairus, a Leader of a Synagogue
“… a leader of the local synagogue, … Jairus, … When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading … “My little daughter is dying,” … “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him … messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, … They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But Jesus … said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” … they came to the home he went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, … immediately stood up and walked around!”
This was another example of receiving a healing because of a parent’s faith and the obedience of the little daughter to Jesus’ command to get up. The girl got up and lived. Notice how Jesus shut off the crowd from the scene and isolated the girl along with the parents and his selected three disciples. And there Jesus healed her.
Mark 7:32-35 NLT Healing of Man with Speech Impediment
“A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people beg Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then spitting on his fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!
The Bible did not give us an explanation why Jesus did what he did. He could easily heal this man simply by rebuking the speech impediment, but he chose to do some other way to heal the man. The people beg to lay his hands on the man to be healed, but Jesus did something different. Notice how Jesus removed the man from the crowd so they could be alone together and then healed him.
Mark 10:47-52 NLT The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus
“When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” … When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” … Bartimaeus … came to Jesus. “What do you want to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.”
This incident is a classic form of, “Your faith has healed you,” kind of a thing. Many incidents in the Bible have shown us that through our faith, we receive our healing.
The bottom line is – it is the will of God to heal you. He already did through the death and resurrection of Christ. And by the stripes of Jesus Christ we were healed. Salvation is both spiritual and physical. You have to believe it.