Everyone gets sick from time to time, whether it’s a cold or something life threatening like cancer, so with the exception of STD’s and other lifestyle diseases, sickness doesn’t necessarily denote a deficiency in character.
However sickness can expose an already existent deficiency.
In the Bible Job is the most righteous man on Earth at the time the book was written, but God allow Satan to attack his body with a debilitating disease. And while Job never curses God and dies like Satan anticipates, Job’s experience does reveal a deficiency in his character.
When God speaks to Job, Job replies, “”I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6)
Until this point Job had only heard of God, but he did not know Him. There was no relationship. And when he met God, he retracted all that he thought he knew and repented in dust in ashes.
When we’re sick, we are often in our most vulnerable state and most susceptible to sin. Satan knows it; that’s why he asked for the opportunity to attack Job’s body. God allowed it knowing that Job would stand firm and that it would afford Job the opportunity to come to know God personally and not just from afar via things he’d heard from others.
So if you’re sick and your healing doesn’t come right away, don’t let sin creep up on you. Don’t give in to depression, don’t fight with your family members, don’t accuse God falsely, and don’t let Satan accuse you falsely. If you only have the strength to endure, rest assured that God has a far better revelation of Himself waiting on the other side of whatever trial you’re going through in this life or eternity.
Be like Job and let your sickness tell the story of your relationship with the Most High, not the story of your fall into sin.