Let Him Heal

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” ~Psalms 147:3

I recently came across this verse of scripture when a friend of mine posted it. I was immediately swept up in a whirlwind of emotions realizing not only the hurt but also the hope this person was exhibiting.

Unfortunately, as we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, it can be an extremely difficult time for countless people. Naturally, our own human spirits can tend to dwell not on the blessings we have in front of us, but on those things we have lost in recent years, months or even days. This can come in numerous variations as we are reminded of certain people, relationships, comforts or simply a time when we were at peace. This turmoil our mind puts us through can be excruciating at times and the silence from a loss felt can be deafening to many.

As I have spent the recent weeks praying for the needs and comfort of others as well as myself during this time, I found such peace in this verse. There seems to be a finality or certainty in what the writer is talking about. He’s not just saying that God will help things a little or that some conditions might improve. He’s writing about God completely healing a broken heart and entirely binding and closing up our wounds.

If we are left to heal on our own it can be an insurmountable task. Our mind will allow us to dwell in the past and keep our focus on the loss and nothing else. It is only with the divine power of Jesus Christ that we can be healed completely. We have to be able to put that faith in Him. As we exude this faith and feel His presence we can become certain of His healing and experience true peace.

I’m not saying at all this is easy, in fact for some just that first step of faith can be a mighty leap in itself. Unfortunately, it’s not just a switch we can flip and allow Him to heal us. We must realize though that in this promise He gives all of us that He will see us through the pain and into healing. He leaves nothing undone and He is telling us here exactly what we can have in Him.

Lastly, you don’t have to fight this battle alone. I would encourage us all during this holiday season to reach out to others and join together in receiving the blessings God has for each of us. We never know the hidden pain another could be going through and sometimes the simple comfort of a friendly smile or gesture can be the first step in allowing His healing to happen.

**I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful season in Christ’s love and blessings. It has been a privilege to share my thoughts through Inscription over the last year and I appreciate all of your support and comments to guide me.

Extreme Faith

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” ~ Matthew 8:5-8

What an amazing recount of extreme faith in the power and authority of Christ! In the subsequent verse, the Bible says that 10 When Jesus heard this He was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”

As a side note, it is difficult at best for me to imagine doing something that would amaze my Lord and Savior. As such a broken and sinful vessel the thought of me pleasing Him in such a way seems to be beyond possible, yet this scripture shows us otherwise. We can live our lives to please Him and certainly possess the capability to do so.

In breaking down this scripture I first looked at the centurion or soldier. What made him so unique or special that he could amaze the Lord? First, we see him coming to Christ in compassion, namely for a servant. Also, in coming to Jesus he believed that Jesus had all the power and authority necessary to carry out his request if Jesus saw fit. Next, we see that he is coming from a most humble position when he says, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.” Finally, the centurion’s words show such a strong faith. He truly believes that Jesus needn’t even come to the servant, but that if Jesus commands healing it would be done.

There are multiple ideas that I take from Christ’s reaction to this showing of faith and request. First, I believe that great blessings and answer to prayer are available to us when we exhibit strength in our faith. To have this strong faith we should first believe in His power and authority to hear and grant our prayers. Then we should go compassionately and humbly before Him. Sometimes, in order to have such a strong faith, we will often be required to seek Him when we do not have the capability to access answers and solutions on our own. Also, I believe that “man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7) especially when it comes to what and how we are asking Him.

Billy Graham is recognized for using the quote “God will not reward fruitfulness, He will reward faithfulness. The centurion showed extreme faith at great lengths and I believe each of us has the same potential.