Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Jesus came to free us from the burden of sin and to heal us from the effect of it, as well.
Scriptures of the Day:
“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
“The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. 3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.”
“O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.”
Life hurts sometimes. In our most painful moments we can hurt emotionally and physically and wonder if God sees. Broken, we come before our God and King Who is a Master at fixing broken people. He made us and knows more than anyone what we need to be whole again – Himself.
Healing is needed for many reasons. Some need God to touch them spiritually, some need help emotionally and others need a physical healing. In all of these, God sovereignly uses our infirmity for good, even though it might seem pointless at the time.
I know well what it means to be sick, diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases. I also know what it is to be healed and what it is to not be. In all these occasions, I praise His Name. He is my Jehovah Rapha, (The Lord our Healer). He heals our hearts from emotional pain, our bodies from physical pain, whether it be on this earth or ultimately in Heaven, and our souls from the pain of sin.
Healing is sometimes a difficult subject to discuss. Some Christians believe that God always heals, some believe He does not. Either way, all who are in Christ are healed spiritually for eternity, which is the most significant healing there could ever be.
We are all destined to perish on this earth, and sickness is often one of the vessels which might bring us to eternal bliss with our Creator. Our bodies were not designed to live forever and our limit is 120 years. This is not Heaven. We cannot avoid the fact that we all have an end, but the sting has been removed! Praise His Holy Name!
Sometimes the most difficult thing to heal is our broken hearts. The effects of sin are profound and can leave one limping through life, but Jesus came to not only take away the burden of sin, but the effects of it, as well. The scar of sin may long be remembered, but its crippling effect can be changed into a divine tool of healing instead. That’s our gift this Christmas and for all of life – Christ our Healer.
Lord, thank You for healing us and for the hope of a complete healing in Heaven with You. Help us to be content and worship You in whatever thorn you have permitted into our lives, knowing full well that our future hope with You is to be completely restored!