Some people say that God brings sickness or suffering into your life to discipline you. Or that he allows sickness so that you can learn things, to develop or refine your character. You know, for God to put sickness on you would mean that Jesus wasn’t wounded enough for you… for it’s by His stripes that we WERE healed (Isa 53:5; 1 Pet 2:24). What father would put cancer on his child to teach them a lesson? And if we believe God is allowing a particular sickness, how can we pray for healing or take medicine for that matter? No, it is always God’s will to heal – it is His GOOD, pleasing and perfect will (Rom 12:2).
Some say that it is to discipline us, punish us, when we sin. Some even go so far as to say that God brings natural disasters, like the tsunamis in Indonesia, as an act of judgment upon those nations. What they fail to understand is that for God to punish or judge anyone for their sin would mean that Jesus didn’t satisfy His wrath. The punishment that brought us peace was upon His shoulders (Isa 53:5). God judged the sin of every man, woman and nation in Jesus’ flesh. He poured out the wrath that all that sin deserved on Jesus. He is no longer angry. His wrath has been satisfied. His goodness is just, it is not a whimsical emotion or capricious mood. His goodness is not based on our performance, but finds its full expression through the just sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf (Col 1:19-20). The Father is now able to pour out the goodness of His nature on all people. At the birth of Jesus the angels sang, “Peace on earth and goodwill to man!!” (Lk 2:14) It is the unhindered display of the goodness of God that will bring people to Him.
All the years of the Mosaic law restrained his nature. Under the law He had to judge sin. Judgment and wrath brought some people to His kingdom out of fear… but most mocked and ridiculed. But now, ah but NOW, His goodness is revealed to us in the perfect Son of God. Unbelief in the goodness of God is our problem. All creation declares His goodness, ushering us into the reality of His nature: He is GOOD and His love endures forever (Ps 100:5).