1. Why are some children born sick and also with big physical dysfunctions?




The reason why a child is born sick or with some physical deficiencies (or defects) can be one of these.

Because God punished his parents, for God says: “I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” (Exodus 20:5). Of course, you will say: ‘How can a good and merciful God strike the child of somebody because of a sin committed by his parents? Well, remember that God is also a righteous God and He makes man reap the fruit of his iniquity. For instance, as you know, some children are born with AIDS because of sins against nature committed by their parents; don’t you think that this is the consequence of their parent’s iniquities? Now, let me remind you of what happened to David, the king of Israel. As you know, one evening David sent for Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, and he lay with her and she conceived. Then David had Bath-Sheba’s husband killed. Now, you know that David was a man after the heart of God; however, what did God do? Did He close His eyes? Did He pretend nothing had happened? Not at all, for He sent the prophet Nathan to David to foretell him His judgements against him. Among God’s judgements against David was also this: “Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die” (2 Samuel 12:14). And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became ill. Now, don’t you think that the child’s disease was a great sorrow for David and Bath-Sheba? I personally think so. Furthermore, you must bear in mind that David fasted for seven days on behalf of the child, thinking and hoping that God would be gracious to him that the child might live, but his prayers and his fasting were in vain; God did put the child to death (2 Samuel 12:16-18). Now, what sin did that child commit? I think that child did not commit any sin, nevertheless the judgement which God sent upon David was right. Of course, God can punish a father or a mother striking their child while the child is still in his mother’s womb. I realize that this reason is hard to be accepted, but the Scripture authorizes us to uphold it.

But there is another reason why sometimes a child is born sick, which is this, “that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (John 9:3), thus his sickness is for the glory of God. For God will heal the child and His name will be glorified, as in the case of the man born blind healed by Jesus Christ (John 9:6-34). Bear in mind that in the last century there were many cases of children born lame, blind, deaf, or with other physical dysfunctions, who were healed and as a result of their healing their parents were strengthened in the Lord or converted to the Lord.

Therefore, I think that the best thing a believer can do toward those families in which there are children born sick is to encourage the parents of the child to have faith in God and to pray to Him that He may heal their child; for I firmly believe that the sick can be healed in the name of Jesus Christ still today. “Pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16), says James. Therefore, let us not hesitate to say to these people that the Lord Jesus Christ can heal their child. If they are not believers, they must be exhorted to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that they might be saved and then to believe that God can heal their child. Know this, that sometimes God “those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction” (Job 36:15 - NIV). Our hope is that these people, through this tragedy, might come to the knowledge of the truth. How many parents who had their son drug-addict or sick were converted to the Lord! Instead, if they are believers, they must be exhorted to believe that the Lord can heal their sick child. In this manner they will strengthen themselves in the Lord and will begin to wait for His powerful deliverance.

Of course, the will of God be done, God reigns and He does whatever pleases Him. I cannot assure you that God will heal every child born sick or deformed, however until God does not reveal us that He does not want to heal somebody we must keep praying to Him in faith before the throne of His grace. He is the Almighty and He is Merciful, remember that always. One thing must be said about the eventuality God has decided not to heal a child of a couple of believers who have a good conscience and who call upon His name in faith and in truth that He may heal their child; in this case for sure one of the reasons God does not heal their child is to keep them humble, yes, because affliction keeps us humble; trials – sickness, etc. – keep us from becoming conceited. In the Scripture we have an example of how sometimes God, in order to keep some of his children from becoming conceited, strikes them with something that outwardly seems a punishment for a sin they have committed and refuses to remove that affliction from them even if they plead with Him to remove that affliction; this example is Paul. Here is what he says to the saints of Corinth: “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). As you can see, Paul prayed to God three times that He might take the angel of Satan away from him, but the Lord told him that His grace was sufficient for him, for He would show him His power in his weakness. In other words, that angel of Satan would keep tormenting him to keep him from becoming conceited because of the abundance of the revelations God had given to him. That torment would make him weak, but at the same time he would be strong. The answer to those prayers was negative from a human point of view, yet it was just, for God is Just and knows always what He does and why He does what he does. His ways are righteousness, even when He answers some of our prayers in the negative. To Him be the glory now and forevermore. Amen.