We never enjoy illness or affliction. After all, what good could possibly result from our ailments? God would never allow us to get sick for any reason—would He?
The answer, surprisingly, is yes. Suffering is one of the consequences of living in a fallen world, so we shouldn’t be surprised when it comes our way. However, God can use it to get our attention. If illness is what it takes for us to refocus on Him, that’s exactly what He will allow to happen.
Think about the apostle Paul. When we hear his name, we recall the missionary who spread the gospel during the first century. But this wasn’t always the case. When we are first introduced to him, he is known as Saul, Christianity’s enemy (Acts 9:1-2). So how did God get Saul’s attention?
The Acts account explains that the Lord appeared in a brilliant flash of light that only Saul could see. After revealing Himself, Jesus left Saul completely blind. This enemy of the church was now brought low, having to be led into town by hand, completely at the mercy of others.
What went through Saul’s mind during those three days of blindness? No doubt he was focused on one thing: Christ. By removing his sight, God took away all distractions during this vital time in the man’s life.
God’s primary goal is our ultimate good, not our comfort or short-term happiness—He wants what is best for us in light of eternity. At times, this means He’ll lay us flat on our backs for a season. If you experience such hardship, do pray for healing, but also pray to discern His message to you in your sickness.