The LORD who Heals
The Hebrew word rophe can mean ‘heal’, ‘cure’, ‘restore’ or ‘make whole’.
“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.” Healing and restoration come when we listen to God’s voice, follow His ways and live within His righteousness.
Some are probably shaking their head already, thinking that the conditions for healing are unobtainable. Let me reassure you that healing is always possible and it goes far beyond a physical condition. We are living in a world under the scourge of sin, which brings sickness in every shape and form. There is individual sickness – physical, mental, spiritual, and there is collective sickness – communal, national, universal.
The sin that tries to destroy us was, itself, destroyed at the cross. The Lord Jesus bore the grief, the sorrow, the pain and sickness of every single person so that by His stripes we could be healed. He wants that healing to become a reality in every life, every congregation, every community and every land.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land”2 Chronicles 7
Allow your faith to be stretched and let the healing power of God into every crevice of your life. He can restore joy in the midst of grief, peace in the midst of chaos, faith in the midst of doubt and hope in the midst of a sinful world – don’t be afraid, just believe (Luke8:50).