February 9, 2014
Today’s Text of Encouragement:
“My grace is sufficient for thee.”
II Corinthians 12: 9
King James Version
Today’s Study Text:
“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53: 5, N.I.V.
“Healing For Our Souls”
“There is medicine in the Bible for every sin-sick soul, but every soul does not need the same medicine.”
R. A. Torrey
What event or person affected my view of what love is about?
Did this event or person have a negative or positive effect on my life?
“How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.”
Christina Baldwin, One to One
“The good Instructor, the Wisdom, the Word of the Father, who made man (and woman), cares for the whole nature of His creature. The all-sufficient Physician of humanity, the Savior, heals both our body and soul.”
Clement of Alexandria
Many years ago, longer than I’d like to admit, during my training to become a registered nurse, our class was divided into three groups that alternately rotated through different teaching areas of several Los Angeles hospitals.
I know everyone of my classmates had a favorite rotation – most likely obstetrics or pediatrics – working with the new babies or children. But we all also had rotations we found difficult, sometimes for very personal reasons.
Of all the places I worked, the one I found the toughest was my assignment to work on the “Burn Unit.” In this carefully controlled environment, we were involved with daily dressing changes and wound care for patients, who in some cases, had been burned so severally their lives were in serious jeopardy.
I can remember the look in the eyes of some of the patients when it came time to “debride” the wounded areas of their bodies. You could see the pain, even before we began the difficult task of cleaning off the old skin. Over and over again, the specialists involved in the care of these very special patients reminded them, in the kindest way possible, that cleaning the wounds and taking off the skin which no longer served to protect, was necessary to avoid infection and promote healing. As painful as the process was – it was essential to their recovery.
Many of us, like patients who exhibit external damage, have suffered internal “burns” that have ravaged our emotions and in turn scarred our hearts. It may have been an event in your childhood; a love gone wrong as a teen; or abuse and rejection as an adult. Whatever the event and whenever it happened, you may be left with an open wound that when touched – sends shocks of pain throughout your entire being.
And so often, like patients asking for some kind of pain medicine to help relieve the hurting, we grab for any quick-fix we can find to lessen the ache we are experiencing. Many times our attempts at “self-medicating” fall short of bringing us the relief we desire.
This is why I love the words written in the very last book of the Old Testament. Hidden away, and rarely read, this promise from our heavenly Healer, lets us know that the Physician with the healing touch stands at our bedside, cleaning every hurt and carefully removing every old impediment that could destroy our chance of having a healthy, happy future.
“But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.”
Malachi 4: 2
These aren’t my words. They are God’s promise. And if you have ever seen a bunch of baby calves leaping around, you can easily get a mental picture that a very happy sight awaits us when we trust our case to the heavenly Physician.
Just how do we go about getting this “specialist” on our case? Thankfully we don’t need an insurance company to approve a visit, instead, Malachi says there is one requirement: “If we revere His name.”
This doesn’t mean fear in the traditional “I’m scared” way. In the Hebrew, it means “reverence.” And in my Thesaurus it says “to honor or esteem.”
If today, you have chosen to honor the Son of Righteousness in your life, the heavenly Physician is already at work. His loving hands are taking care of those tender areas so long infected by the destructive events that have injured you in the past; left your heart wounded today; and ruined your hope for enjoying the future God has planned for you.
I would like to end today’s devotional with this beautiful poem adapted from a pray by Alisson Pepper in England:
“Lord of Healing”
“Lord of my greatest fear:
Let in your peace.
Lord of my darkest shame:
Let in your grace.
Lord of my oldest grudge:
Let in your forgiveness.
Lord of my loneliest moment:
Let in your presence.
Lord of my truest self – my all:
Let in your fullness.”
This is my prayer for you today.
“Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me…The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”
Psalms 6: 2, 9
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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