Do not Live with Wounds
We all experience times where life is hard to bear; unfortunately, most of us have portions of our being where we have been wounded. Perhaps it was the death of a dear one that we are still grieving, the division of a marriage, or even a job or business collapse. We may have been hurt by our family, where we felt rejected or made to think that we were not quite enough. Sadly, sometimes our family treated us even worse, and we may have been physically or emotionally abused by the ones who were to care for our needs, the ones who were to show us love, not hate, and a gentle hand, not abuse. Our friends may have let us down when we needed them, broken confidences, or spread false rumors about us. Church leaders or Christians may have told us we were not spiritual, gossiped about our struggles, and even criticized our growth, demeaned our worth, or told us we have a demon and called our behavior demonic. All of these things are hurtful, and some are downright cruel; they can wound our hearts and slice our self-confidence to pieces until we feel we are the problem, not realizing that Christ grieves at their actions. Christ understands how these things can hurt us, for Jesus is very God and very man. He took our hurt, oppression, and pain upon Himself on the cross. Christ Jesus does not want us to live with wounds He came to heal.
“2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 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.”
Jehovah Rapha-God, Our Healer
God knows the world we live in is full of uncertainty bringing stress and anxiety to many. Christ, the Prince of Peace, will bring peace and contentment in the challenging times in which we have found ourselves. In times when we feel there is no answer, or when we walk through the shadows, Christ the Great Shepard never leaves nor forsakes us; oh Lord, the Comforter we call out to you for comfort (Hebrews 13:5, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4). God is the Sustainer that helps us through all our troubles (Psalm 34:19-22). In life’s sorrow and sadness, we can be secure that He is Healing; in fact, He is the Healer.
“26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
“23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.”