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Bible Q & A

Q. If God changed His mind about destroying Israel (Ex. 32:9-14), how can I be completely assured that He won’t change His mind about healing me?
A. Let’s look at some of the examples in the Bible where God changed His mind.

In Exodus 32 we find God planning the destruction of all Israel. In fear of the entire nation being destroyed, Moses beseeched God for mercy. Then, in verse 14, we find, “The Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.”

Another example is in Jonah 4. God had decided to destroy the entire city of Nineveh for their wickedness. But the prophet Jonah began to preach God’s Word there and the people repented. Again, God changed His mind (John 4:11).

In II Kings 20 is the account of Hezekiah, who was on his death bed and cried out to God for help. He did his part; he exhibited the faith he needed. God not only healed him of his immediate illness, but went about and beyond and added 15 years to his life (II Kings 20:6).

God changes His mind about preserving and destroying a person or nation based upon their actions (Jer. 18:7-10). He leaves the decision up to the particular person or nation. If the nation repents of its evil practices, God will forgive and preserve it. And since God plans this change based upon certain conditions, it is not a change in the way we refer to a human being who changes according to whim, for no apparent reason. It is a planned change based on specific prerequisites.

Notice what God says in Ex. 15:26: “If you give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you.” If you obey God, He will watch over you and heal you of any disease you may have.

Nowhere in the Bible do you find an account of God’s changing any promise He had made, as long as you do your part. He is not slack about His promises (II Peter 3:9). God never forgets His promises to heal you. But you must come to Him and ask as the Bible instructs, and also obey Him (James 5:14-15). Even then, you may not be healed instantly, because God doesn’t promise when you will be healed – only that you surely will be.

Your own faith – the faith of Christ in you – is a vital factor (Matt. 9:29). If you aren’t healed, examine yourself, not God. God’s promises are faithful (Heb. 11:11). Be faithful to God and He will always be faithful to you.
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