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
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 ), 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