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“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”

Psalms 147:3

I have a five year old daughter who loves band-aids. We go through boxes of them because she “needs” a band-aid for every boo boo. If she stubs her toe, band-aid. If she bruises her leg, band-aid. And of course every little scratch and scrape, because they definitely require an extra large band-aid. 

But I also love the thought of a band-aid, and I’m thirty years old. If I get a paper cut, a band-aid seems to heal it up so quickly and makes the pain disappear. I guess the idea of covering our boo boo’s never really goes away. 

No matter our age, we will all require healing at some point in our lives. And there are some healings that require so much more than a simple bandage. Wounds that cut so deep, you wonder if you will ever find the end of them. 

We can be hurt so tragically in this life, but God promises to heal our broken hearts and bandage our wounds. Isn’t he such a kind and gentle Savior? That He would take the time to meet with us and carefully mend what was broken.  

God has opened His nail scarred hands to you today, in hopes that you will place your hurts and wounds into them and allow healing to happen. 

It’s okay to admit that you are hurting. It’s okay to accept that you need something that humanity cannot provide. It’s okay to need something more. Allow yourself to be healed today, whether that be spiritually, physically, emotionally or mentally. 

Jesus, I am so thankful that You are our Healer. You are a God of restoration, and You are excellent at repairing broken things. Heal me today, help me to move forward and to be who I am supposed to be in You. 

“Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.” Job 5:17-18

Eliphaz was convinced that God was punishing Job for something that he had done wrong, or some sin he had committed.  We know that God was allowing Job to be tested and had confidence that he would stand true through it all.  In these verses Job’s friend was trying to comfort him by explaining that the chastening of God was good for him and would bring joy in the end.

I like the way it is expressed in the New Living Translation:

“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. For though He wounds, He also bandages. He strikes, but His hands also heal.”

Just as parents must discipline their children when they do things they shouldn’t, we often fail the Lord, and do things for which He has to correct us.  But when He corrects, He always does it with love and mercy.  He deals gently with us, showing us our mistakes, and guiding us by His Spirit to a place of repentance and new consecration.  He binds up the wounds and brings healing to our broken spirits.

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Hebrews 12:6

“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” Hebrews 12:11-13

We are human and there will be times when the Lord will convict us and correct us, but in the midst of it all, we can rejoice, knowing that He loves us and will never leave us nor forsake us, but will bring us through it and give us joy in the end.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we thank you for your times of correction, and for the healing and restoration you bring.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18.

God is drawn to the proximity of your brokenness and if your spirit is crushed, He is ready to save you.

Grieving can make your world tremble and paralyze your voice. Suffering losses, whether it is the repercussions of a national disaster or the passing of a loved one, can pillage language by stealing your ability to articulate what emotions and sentiments you’ve experienced.

Another aspect of known language is when a person can define a word, but has never experienced its meaning. For instance, the literary devices of past, present, and future tense are fundamental to the formation of sentence structures and considered elementary. However, what do you do when the present-tense phrase, “I love” turns to the past tense phrase, “I loved.” The fundamental parts of speech are no longer elementary, but compounded into emotional responses you cannot prepare for.

Express Yourself

Vocalizing the depth of our brokenness can be next to impossible at times. How can someone articulate the complexities of their emotion into words? Thankfully, God knows the cry of your heart and the pain you have experienced. We serve a God who knows the language of grief and who is touched by the feeling of our infirmities. If you are hurting today, take your pain to the Lord in prayer; He can help carry your burdens.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that I when I feel brokenness and crushed in my spirit that I would feel You near me. Surround me, oh Lord, when I do not know how to pray. Comfort me when I feel alone and afraid. Help me to know that You are with me in the valleys of life. And, I pray that you will remind me that You will never leave or forsake me.