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Faith and Health

Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone: 3 Stories of People Jesus Healed 

By Mary Rooney Armand

Sitting in the chair at the optical store, I knew something was wrong. 

The technician looked concerned and asked random questions about my makeup routine and past vision problems. 

I was 21 years old and needed a pair of eyeglasses, that’s it. But this visit took an unexpected turn. 

According to the optician, she observed something unusual, and I had to see a specialist; not something I expected or wanted to hear. 

She referred me to an Ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in eye treatment and surgery. 

Oh boy, this sounded serious. 

This ordinary day in an optician store began an uncomfortable journey managing and sustaining my vision. 

Walking through the ups and downs of discovering causes and treatment options, I became acquainted with types of eye conditions, treatments, and the angst that comes with a lack of healing. 

I have spent a lot of time pondering the question, ‘Why Doesn’t God heal everyone?’ 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 

-Psalm 147:3 NIV
A daisy with a faded background and the verse “Heal me, O Lord, 
and I shall be healed; 
save me, and I shall 
be saved, 
for you are my praise.” -Jeremiah 17:4 ESV

Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone? 

After months of testing my eyes, blood, and bones, it was determined I had uveitis. An autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the middle layer of the eyes. 

It is chronic which means recurring. There is no cure, and the primary treatment goal is to maintain vision. 

The disease is difficult to manage and treat. It requires frequent visits to a retina specialist and steroid injections applied to the eyes. 

We don’t typically wonder, why doesn’t God heal everyone until we or someone we love faces a diagnosis like I did. 

I pray for healing and know God can change the prognosis and heal me, but as of yet, God has not healed my eyes of this autoimmune disease. 

A woman with her hand by her forehead looking down and a plant in the background. Also, there is a quote, "In our weakeness, we rest in the strength of Christ." -Mary Rooney Armand

When God Doesn’t Heal You

When God doesn’t heal you, learning to manage emotions, schedule restraints, limitations, and fear are important. 

At some point, I pivoted from only pursuing healing to understanding why God doesn’t heal everyone. 

I still pray that God will heal the inflammation and protect my eyesight, but I’ve found peace. My struggle has catalyzed a deeper faith and connection with God. 

Isn’t that how it usually works? In our weakness, we rest in the strength of Christ. 

Journeying with a chronic condition, I’ve spent countless moments praying, studying, analyzing, and learning about healing and God’s extravagant love despite the condition of our physical mind and body. 

God doesn’t heal everyone but loves everyone and promises to walk beside us as we endure obstacles, trials, and hardships. 

When God doesn’t heal you, rest in His presence knowing He loves you. Our physical wellness does not need to determine our spiritual wellness

A Bible and a cup of coffee on a blue table with the quote, "My struggle has catalyzed a deeper faith and connection with God." -Mary Rooney Armand

Did Jesus Heal Everyone? 

In the three years of Jesus’ ministry, Jesus and His disciples healed many people. 

But did Jesus heal everyone?  

No, Jesus did not heal everyone He encountered in His ministry. 

The Bible offers accounts where Jesus did heal which help us not lose hope amid our struggles. 

Let’s take a look at three people Jesus healed. 

3 People Jesus Heals

1.     Jesus Heals the Woman with the Issue of Blood

“Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.  She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.  

She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” 

-Mark 5:24-30 NLT

What a touching story. The woman with the issue of blood doesn’t have a name or description just a narrative of powerful faith. 

Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood because she believed He could. 

A woman sitting in a chair with her head on the palm of her hand smiling at the camera and the verse, "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!" -Luke 1:45 NIV

2.     Jesus Heals the Blind Man 

“When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” 

The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” 

Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.” 

-Mark 8:22-25 NLT

In this story, the blind man’s friends bring Him to Jesus. A reminder that the friends who surround us have the power to elevate our faith and push us toward belief. 

A sunrise over mountains and fog. And the verse, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -John 16:33 NIV

3.    Jesus Heals the 10 Lepers 

“As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. 

-Luke 17:11-19 NLT

This final story of Jesus’ healing reminds us to be grateful and show appreciation for the blessings we have even when we are not healed. 

A yellow background with daisies at the bottom. And the verse, "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances." -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Can God Heal Everything? 

God can heal everything. He is the creator of the world and the Holy of Holies. He created us and loves us unconditionally. 

It’s not a question of ability or desire it’s the reality of living in a fallen world. The not-yet world. 

God created you and me to live in a relationship with Him in this imperfect environment. 

An environment overflowing with disappointment, discouragement, disease, and difficulty. 

If God healed everything we would be in heaven. This current life is not heaven, and our physical bodies are temporary. 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 

 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 

-Revelation 21:1-4 NLT
A woman standing on the beach looking out at the waves. And the quote, "Every day is a new beginning. We get to be grateful and ask God how we can love Him despite our circumstances." - Mary Rooney Armand

Why Doesn’t God heal me? 

Why doesn’t God heal me when He can? This question has swirled around in my mind often. 

But as time has passed my doubts have decreased. 

Not because I am healed but because my faith has increased. 

There are things we may never understand. But there are also amazing things we do understand. 

  • God loves us. 
  • Jesus died so we can live. 
  • Jesus rose again. 
  • The Holy Spirit is available to dwell within us and comfort us. 
  • We get to choose how we live and what we focus on. 

Every day is a new beginning. We get to be grateful and ask God how we can love Him despite our current circumstances. 

To live in acceptance, gratitude, and joy is the best choice. 

I hope you choose to embrace God’s extraordinary love, and that this article encourages and helps you be at peace with the question “Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone?” 

-Author: Mary Rooney Armand

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About the Author

Mary Rooney Armand is an Author, Speaker, and Creator of the faith-based blog ButterflyLiving.org. Mary’s writing is featured on websites including Women of Noble Character, Pray with Confidence, and The Brave Women Series. Mary is the author of the Bible Study, “Identity, Understanding, and Accepting Who I Am in Christ” and the devotional “Life Changing Stories”, a collaboration with 34 authors sharing stories of God’s faithfulness. 

Besides writing, Mary leads small groups and speaks at events. She directed Kids Hope USA, a mentoring program for children, worked in marketing and sales and has led mission trips to Honduras. Mary is a life coach with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA. She and her wonderful husband Cory live in New Orleans and are the parents of four children, a new daughter-in-law, and two dogs!  

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