“Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases?” (Psalm 103:3)
The jubilant experience of forgiveness and healing led the psalmist to extravagant praise of God. He testified to his situation of the moment and to his confidence in God’s power. He did not establish a general rule binding God to heal every disease of a believer. Nor did he give us a way to judge others’ faith by seeing if they are healed. Healing is a part of salvation, but complete healing will come only when Christ returns.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You are our God and Jesus is our Lord and Savior, the Christ, that the world had waited for. We believe that there is nothing You cannot do, but recognize it must always be in line with Your will. We also believe in Christ and that when He returns it will be to set all things straight, as it was in the beginning. There will be a time of accountability, but through our heartfelt repentance of sins, we are forgiven. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The Bible is not antique or modern, it is eternal.”
“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14)
Beloved, God’s salvation includes His healing. He, and He alone, can heal us from the sickness of sin and a broken heart. Healing from sickness and forgiveness of sin are often closely tied in the Bible, as is Spiritual healing. God seeks a personal relationship with all of us, not the god of praying for things or requests or healing. It is our relationship with Him, that makes Him most proud of His creation.
“Come let us return to the Lord. He has ton us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:1-3)
Israel’s judgment was from God and so would be her healing. God ‘has torn’ that He may heal. His punishment is always disciplinary and remedial. The prophet provided His people language to use to express their repentance (to return), their faith, and their hope. To ‘acknowledge God’ (literally to know God) means to follow guidelines He has given for life.
God is ready to restore His people whenever they return to Him, provided they sincerely repented of their sins. The prophet used the language of resurrection to describe the people’s hope. When we repent and turn back to God, He is always there waiting for us, to receive us, and to restore our relationship with Him.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of he kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.” (Matthew 4:23-24)
Jesus is the epitome of a Christian preacher. He went where the people were, met their needs (whatever they might be), and proclaimed the good news to them. The good news did not center on human actions or solutions. The content of proclamation is God’s kingdom. God’s actions to establish His rule in human hearts is the true good news.
Jesus would enter a community or town and begin preaching. Word would spread and people would bring loved ones or friends that were sick, possessed, had diseases and healed them. This would bring more people to listen to him. Jesus also lived out what He preached on. His actions and interactions with others was always gentle and compassionate and caring. The love He felt for people was genuine and they responded to Him. Now over 2,000 years later, people still respond to His love and try to model their lives after His example. If people watched you, what would they say about you?