Something Greater Than Healing

Physical healing is good, Joni Eareckson Tada says. But if we stop there, we will have missed out on God’s best for us. Here’s what to do (and think) when the healing doesn’t come.

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Joni Eareckson Tada dispensed with the superficial healing narrative decades ago. Paralyzed in a diving accident, Tada was forced to trust a God who doesn’t always heal, who doesn’t always prevent or alleviate our suffering. In her interview with Christianity Today, “Something Greater Than Healing,” Tada describes her hard-won understanding of God’s purposes and sovereign care for his people—in the midst of their suffering.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3; Matthew 18:7–9; Mark 8:31–38; John 14:1–14; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God can use our suffering to advance the gospel.
Teaching point two: Suffering is a sign of God’s mercy.
Teaching point three: Christians have hope in the midst of suffering.
Teaching point four:The Christian life should be a preparation for death.
Teaching point five: There are more important things than physical health.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources


    • "Something Greater Than Healing," interview with Joni Erickson Tada (2010)

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