As you might be able to tell by the fact that I write a blog, I am incredibly impacted by words. If you’re familiar with the term “love languages”, my number one way of feeling most loved is through words of affirmation (if you don’t know about these, check out the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman). Words hold so much meaning for me. One compliment can keep me smiling for weeks! Although, even as I’m positively filled up by words, I can be cut down by them all the same. Some of the deepest emotional wounds I have experienced have been created by words spoken to me. At times, after a hurled insult, I find myself attempting to heal like a wounded deer by the side of the road. I’m sure many of us can relate to this. Maybe you’re like me and have often times felt wounded by words, but I imagine many of us have also experienced pain and affliction from actions, circumstances, death, and physical illness or injury. Pain is inevitable.
The thing is, we do get a choice in how we recover from or live with our pain. To help aid us with this choice, the Bible has pointed us to Jehovah Rapha as our confidence that there is a Great Healer who desires to heal the physical and emotional wounds of His people. Rapha means "to restore", "to heal" or "to make healthful" in Hebrew. It’s important to note, however, that healing doesn’t always come instantly or in the ways we think it ought to. God sees the entire picture, we see only a fraction. Also remember that God is thorough, and sometimes optimum healing isn’t the kind that happens overnight, or even the kind that makes the most “sense” to us. We can, however, rest in the truth that God is carefully knitting every cell, fiber, and memory together for His unique design and purposes; which is always to bring us joy and His Kingdom the glory. The two are one in the same. Though we can’t always understand why we go through pain, or why God chooses to let us heal in the specific ways He does; we can trust He always has our best in mind. Sometimes we might not understand or even see our healing come to fruition until we meet Him face to face in Heaven.
What I love so much about Jesus is that He is the true, and ultimate healer. In Him we find the most authentic kind of healing. It’s an all encompassing healing; mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. In the gospels we see numerous accounts of healing performed by Jesus. In many instances, people are healed because of their faith.
"A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, 'Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.' Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,” he said. 'Be clean!' Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy." (Matthew 8:2-3)
"Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him trembling in fear, and she told Him the whole truth. 'Daughter,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you; go in peace and be free of your affliction.'" (Mark 5:33-34)
“'What do you want Me to do for you?'Jesus asked. 'Rabboni,' said the blind man, 'let me see again.' 'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road." (Matthew 10:51-52)
Friends, let's not give up faith that God is sovereign over our healing. Whatever your pain might be, whether you feel it in your right knee, your lower back, or deep down in your soul, know that Jesus is not only available to heal you, but He alone is more than capable of doing so. Keep putting your faith in His ability to perform miracles. Jesus may not be walking the Earth on two feet these days, but His Spirit surges on, achieving the impossible. I also like to think of it this way; we no longer live in the Garden of Eden, but God still promises to heal our broken land, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Because of sin, pain will always be in the picture, but it doesn’t mean we can’t still experience our joy and His glory when we call on the Lord. God will never abandon you on the side of the road to nurse your own wounds. The ultimate healer, Jehovah Rapha, is always near, and always open to relieving the broken who ask, in His name, to be healed.