Archbishop Nektarios on Why Some Aren’t Healed…
The Lord is often silent out of love. But the question arises: Why don’t miracles happen to everybody? How many sick people and their relatives entreat God and the saints with faith for healing! But we don’t always see miracles happening to them! Why is that?
There can’t be a definite answer to this question. God’s ways are unfathomable. For who hath known the mind of the Lord? (1 Cor. 2:16), the holy Apostle Paul asks.
The Lord alone can give an exact answer to this question. It is very hard to explain Divine Providence, God’s will and silence. We can’t say that “the faith of this person is stronger than the faith of that one” or that “the Lord loves this person more than that one.” As the Almighty Himself says through the holy Prophet Isaiah: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Is. 55:9).
Of course, the following should be noted here. The Lord is often silent out of love for people. God allows a person to undergo severe temptations for his salvation. In His omniscience, the Lord sees perfectly clearly that temptation, illness, or pain will lead a person to salvation.
The Apostle Paul, who himself cured the sick and performed miracles, suffered from a serious chronic illness, a thorn in the flesh (cf. 2 Cor. 12:7). He begged the Lord to heal him three times, but the Lord did not give him what he requested. His answer was as follows: My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).
That is, “My gift is enough for you” because His power is fully manifested in our weakness.
Many saints who performed miracles over people suffered from various diseases and other temptations. They did not ask the Lord to heal them, but they asked Him to give them patience.
– Article in orthochristian.com)
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