"He said, 'If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'" - Exodus 15:26 NIV
Thoughts for Today
God, our heavenly Father, is Jehovah-rapha, "the Lord who heals you."
After God miraculously provided for the Israelites by parting the Red Sea, they continued on their journey. After three days without finding water, they came to Marah and were delighted to see water. Their delight soon turned to grumbling, however, when they discovered that the water was bitter.
As Moses prayed, God instructed him to cast a tree into the water, and the water became sweet. God then spoke the words in today's scripture verse. He told them that he is Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who heals you.
The Old Testament recounts many instances of God providing healing and restoration. And, of course, the New Testament is filled with accounts of people being healed by Jesus, and later through the apostles. What Jehovah did at Marah, what Jesus did throughout the New Testament, he will do today for those who trust and obey him.
Consider this …
We all need healing at various times in our lives. Physical, emotional, moral or relationship healing. If you need healing in any area of your life today, listen carefully to God by reading the Bible, by communicating with him in prayer and by seeking godly counsel. Commit to pleasing the Lord, doing things his way. Trust Jesus. God is Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who heals you.
Father, I thank you that you are the Lord who heals me. Thank you that no matter what the need--physical, emotional, moral or relationship--you are the Lord who heals me. In Jesus' name …
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The Ten Commandments: Applying the Foundations of Living to My Personal Life by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. Knowing that there are absolutes that define moral conduct and ethical decisions is essential for believers surrounded by relativistic values. This guide helps us understand God's boundaries. It shows how the Ten Commandments apply today. It also discusses the biblical laws on which the legal codes of every civilized society are based. This guide is written in a way that helps people see the Ten Commandments in light of today's problems. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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