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Exodus 15:22-27 speaks of when Moses brought the Israelites into the Wilderness of Shur. How they went three days and could find no water. When they arrived at Marah, the water was so bitter, they couldn’t drink it and they began to complain to Moses asking what could they drink.
Moses then cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed Moses a tree. When Moses cast that tree in the waters, the waters became sweet and the Israelites were able to drink it. Moses then then gave them a word from the Lord saying:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you” (vs 26).
From there they traveled to Elim where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees.
What I love about this passage is that God announced Himself as their healer from a couple aspects. When we think of God, our Healer, we think of being healed from a disease, sickness or disability. But I have to say, sometimes the very healing we need isn’t a physical one, but a spiritual, mental, or emotional one. It’s not always about what someone did to us, but what we’ve allowed to happen to ourselves.
The Israelites had been delivered from captivity, yet had gotten to a point where they were complaining about everything. They didn’t just need water. They needed to be healed from the inside out.
Even with their nasty attitudes, God still took the time to speak to them and give them a chance at redemption. He gave them a chance to make things right while pointing out the fact that He was in fact saving them and healing them from dangers and diseases seen and unseen.
He took the time to remind them of who He is and what He is capable of so they could refocus and continue moving towards their promise.
How many times do we allow the past, hurt, frustration, and anger to get in the way of what God is trying to do in our lives and hearts? We hold on to so much and allow so much to move us and distract us. We talk to the world and look to everything and everyone for the one thing only God can give us.
On March 17th, 2018 God healed me from Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia. I had endured close to 3 years of doctors, tests and heart wrenching thoughts of the possibility of my husband and children having to live without me. When I got the call of confirmation of healing from my doctor, I felt like my whole life would completely change.
It did in a sense…. but in another way, it didn’t.
You see, although God had healed me, time revealed there was a lot more that needed healing within me.
I not only needed the physical healing, but I needed healing in my heart from the anger and hurt I endured through the process. The people that walked away, the employers that treated me a certain way, the anger I felt at the thought of losing my children. I needed an inner healing that didn’t just disappear the moment I knew I was healed.
When it all hit the fan and I felt lower than dirt, God spoke a very similar word to me as the Israelites…but in my language, of course. He said, “If you would just shut up and listen for MY voice, seek ME, and obey what I’m trying to tell you, I can heal you from the inside out. Why? Because I am Your Father and your Healer.”
I’m not gonna lie and say I was like, Yes Sir! I honestly rolled my eyes and wondered why I had to go through it all to begin with. Can I just be real??
As the days and weeks went by, I battled within myself. I wanted to just give in and seek God, but another part of me wanted to stay hurt and mad. I felt like I deserved the right to be mad and hurt. But I was only hurting myself and delaying God’s plan for me and my household.
I can’t say I’m completely healed right now, but I am a work in progress. I get up every morning choosing to make better decisions than the day before. Choosing healing over hurt. Choosing to incline my ear to God over the voice of the past or even present frustrations.
My prayer for us this week is that we will choose healing over hurt.
That we will choose joy over anger,
gratefulness over complaining,
and God over the opinions of the world.
I pray that we will take time to be real with ourselves and God about where we’re at in our journey. If we’re feeling stuck, I pray that God will show us the very things we have been holding on to that are becoming obstacles to our path.
I pray that we will be diligent about heeding the voice of God and inclining our ears to His voice. I pray we will seek God’s Word for guidance and be readily obedient to all He has to show us and ask of us. I pray we will be open to God’s healing touch both in and around us.
Because He is Jehovah Rophe, WE are healed. Not just from our sickness and disease, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Until next week,