“We cannot heal our own wounds, yet thanks be to God, there is one who can.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 19, 2022
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’ Jeremiah 30:17, ESV
Healing a child’s wounds is parenting 101. A steady supply of antibiotic ointment and Band-Aids are kept at the ready, waiting on a little one to come, desperately in need of healing for their latest scrape or cut. At times, even these healing remedies are overkill, with a simple push on the playground causing a toddler to melt into a puddle of their own tears, the loving embrace of a parent is the only acceptable treatment.
As we grow, simple ailments do not phase us as they did when we were children. In fact, from a very early age we are taught to toughen up and brush it off. And while there is truth and goodness to a life of courage and grit, we deceive ourselves if we think adulthood is free of wounds that need to be healed.
The longer we live, the more wounds we receive that lack any clear or simple treatment. A Band-Aid will never heal a heart broken by a failed relationship. There is no ointment for the wounds of betrayal, job loss, or chronic anxiety. In truth, the longer we live, the more we acquire wounds that are beyond our ability to treat or heal. And so, seemingly left with no choice, we often walk with an emotional limp through life, doing our best to conceal it, yet like any wound left untreated, the pain only grows and deepens with time.
We cannot heal our own wounds, yet thanks be to God, there is one who can.
Our Lord Jesus teaches us to call God “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and like any good father, he longs to heal the wounds of his children. When he sees us in our pain and suffering, he is not distant nor indifferent to our wounds. As Jeremiah 30 reminds us today, restoration and healing is the promise of God to his people. He sees us, has compassion upon us, and is strong and able to heal all that oppresses and deforms his beloved children.
The wounds we carry as adults are infinitely more painful and complex than a simple scrape from childhood. However, our heavenly Father is also infinitely powerful, able to overcome and drive out every form of sin and sickness, setting us free to return to him with lives that overflow with gratitude and praise.
Father, thank you that you see us as your beloved children, having compassion and healing the deepest wounds of our lives, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
What wound have you attempted to hide and conceal? How might you instead, like a child running to a parent for comfort, bring it to light so that our Lord might set you free and make you whole?
Psalm 30:2; Jeremiah 33:6; 1 Peter 2:24
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