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It’s probably not a good idea to ask a question in the title of your post to which you don’t know the answer. I don’t know why the Lord allowed COVID-19, irrespective of its source. Regardless, that knowledge would not change the truth that God could have sovereignly shut it down. However, we don’t know why He allowed any of the various diseases, viruses, and maladies throughout history. Why didn’t he shut down the Spanish flu, for example?

On a personal note, I also don’t know why the Lord has not healed me. I really wish He would. I’ve asked a dozen times, at least. My hands, arms, feet, and legs are numb due to herniated discs which have severely compressed my spinal cord in two places in my neck. I feel a little bit like King Hezekiah who, having become very ill, learned from the prophet Isaiah that he was going to die (Isaiah 38:1). Hezekiah responded in prayer this way: “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight” (Isaiah 38:3a).1

The Lord answered, “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city” (Isaiah 38:5–6). Not only that, God gave Hezekiah an amazing sign that He would do what He promised. He made the sun go backwards by ten steps on “the dial of Ahaz.”

Now, Hezekiah was a good king, and the Scripture declares him so (2 Kings 18:3). However, there were many good people then and have been since his reign who have died of terrible illnesses. Why was the Lord merciful to Hezekiah and not to millions of others?

We don’t know.

As I said, I felt a little bit like King Hezekiah and was tempted to pray like he did. But I know the Lord doesn’t work this way. He doesn’t owe me anything for my service to Him. I have served Him, as imperfectly as it may be, because I love Him. And I love Him because He first loved me. All life, truth, mercy, righteousness, sonship, and every good and necessary thing has been freely given to me. All of who I am is because of Him. I can take no credit for any of it whatsoever. What I deserve from Him, without His interceding, intervening, salvific grace and mercy, is death. Eternal death.

So, my human, grounded-in-the-earth thinking wonders and wants answers. Thus far, I haven’t gotten the answer I hoped for. He isn’t healing me. It is His will, at this time, that I become somewhat handicapped. Do I feel sorry for myself? Well, some days I’m not jovial about my condition, but there are multitudes of Christians who have suffered in multitudes of ways, many of whom with much more debilitating conditions than mine. This doesn’t make what I’m going through easier, but it does help me to put my difficulty in perspective and not complain.

My intent is to have an eternal outlook joined by trust in the Lord God Almighty. My term here will be ending relatively soon considering the vastness of eternity, like the striking and sudden extinguishing of a match. God allows suffering. That’s just simply what reality tells us. It is a stern, even severe, teacher. But our job as Christians does not change, regardless of the state of our health. That job is faithfulness—to trust and hope in God. We must pray for help to do this because that tough teacher, reality, presses us to doubt and despair. But Paul, by the Holy Spirit, summed up God’s essential truth beautifully:

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18).


1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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