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Bible Q

Why won’t God heal my children when he blesses me financially?

Here is the full question:

I am 50 years old being a Christian for 22 years. God has blessed me financially beyond what I expect,.
I have 4 children, my second (girl 16+) and third (boy 10+) suffered from “autism”. I am concerned about their future. I believe in miracles. Technically I lost 26+ years of my children lives. They suffered so much…so does my wife and me.. becuase of the “sickness”..

My question….Is my faith so small … much smaller than a mustard seed…? that God did not hear or act on my behalf?

The fact is know, I am blessed financially..because I follow the ways of God in business and money management… it is impossible I have no faith!

What is that God wants from me?

I’m very sorry to hear about the suffering of your family. Any response I have will be inadequate in helping with your difficulties, and I can’t answer for God. But I will try to make a few observations on the situation.

We cannot always know God’s purposes. God says “my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways” (Isaiah 55:8); just because we cannot see any purpose in the things going on around us does not mean that God is not working. God does not promise to make life easy. He chose not to take away Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” for example (2 Cor 12:7-9). He may have his reasons for choosing not to remove the suffering of your family also.

Suffering is part of the human experience that God intends for us. See Why doesn’t God stop suffering? and this response to another person experiencing family suffering.

God promises to hear the prayers of the faithful, but he does not promise to do whatever we want him to. See Why does God sometimes seem not to hear prayer? for an answer to another person about unanswered prayer. Again, he has reasons for saying “no” to our requests, and we won’t always know what they are.

There is no relationship between riches and righteousness. I don’t mean to imply you are not faithful in following God’s commands. I am simply pointing out that God does not promise wealth to the faithful (despite what some churches teach). Think of Jesus for example, who was very poor. He said

“Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matt 19:23-24)

Being wealthy is a danger to faith, not a consequence of faith.

May God be with you.


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