“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

I am so glad for the cross of Calvary and the blood that Jesus shed for us there to purchase our salvation. When He bore the stripes upon His back, it was for our healing. Time and space will not permit me to tell of all the times that this scripture has been made real in my life, but I would like to share a few that stand out in my memory.

I had been having problems and the doctor diagnosed me with cysts on the ovaries. He scheduled an appointment for an ultrasound, advising me that I would need surgery. One Sunday morning during Communion service, I asked the Lord to touch me and give me strength for whatever I had to face. When the technician was doing the ultrasound, she said that there were scars where there had been cysts, but no cysts. I am thankful I know the Healer.

In 1990, I had been out for a family breakfast on a Saturday, and when I went back home, I started having pains in my abdomen. I figured I had just eaten more than I should have, but the pain became so unbearable, that my husband called the doctor and then took me to the ER. At 6:30 that night they did emergency surgery and removed my gall bladder. As a result of stones moving to the duct, I had severe pancreatitis. The three days I spent in the ICU are just a blur, and then I spent several weeks in the hospital. I am so thankful that the Lord was with me and kept me through that time. I am glad I know the Healer.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It is interesting how this came about. I had a Nuclear Heart Test after experiencing some pain in my chest. They did not find anything wrong with my heart but did advise my doctor that there was a suspicious spot on my right breast. She sent me for a Mammogram and Ultrasound. The strange thing was they did not find anything on the right breast but discovered something on the left. A biopsy confirmed it was cancer. After two surgeries, they were able to remove it all. I did not have to receive any treatment. This was indeed a miracle, as I would not have gone for a Mammogram, and it could have been a much larger cancer by the time it was found. I am glad I know the Healer.

I thank the Lord every day for the health and strength He has given me. It is so comforting to know that He created our bodies, and He knows exactly how to repair them. I praise Him for all the times He has been there for me and my family.

If you are facing health issues today, reach out to the Lord and claim His promise of healing.

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you that you are our healer, that you are there when we cry out to you in times of sickness. Thank you for your faithfulness to us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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