When I ponder the question of who God is to me, many different names come to mind. He is Redeemer, Refuge, Savior, Father, Protector, and Provider, just to name a few. But when I meditate on the question more deeply, and take into account the particular ways in which I’ve sensed His working in my life most deeply, one name stands out above the rest: Healer.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
I’ve never had a life-threatening condition or been through a truly traumatic event, as you may have experienced. But I have battled for several years with diagnosing health issues, and as you have almost certainly also done, I’ve faced pain from friends and relationships numerous times. Throughout these times in my life God has revealed many of His characteristics to me, but more than anything He has shown me that He alone is my Healer. Modern medicine is incredible, and girl talk is just what the heart wants sometimes, but nothing compares to the healing God offers. He doesn’t just slap a band-aid on and call it a day; He offers true soul healing. I don’t know about you, but when a friendship ends or I’m sick and discouraged, I need true soul healing instead of a quick fix.
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the One I praise.”
When we try to let the world to heal our problems, the fix is always only temporary. And oftentimes the fix creates new problems. If a boy breaks up with you and you go straight to the most willing, easiest-to-find guy to feel better, chances are you will run into trouble and pain with him down the road as well. If a friend hurts you and you talk badly about her to another friend, chances are that will come into the open and magnify the issue eventually. Everything in the created world is inflicted by sin, so it is incapable of truly mending a broken soul. God, however, in His perfection is capable of healing any hurt in our lives. Not only is He capable, but He also desires to heal us. Sin is the root of our pain, so anything or anyone infected by sin cannot also be the solution. I’ve experienced this firsthand in my life. An author and speaker I look up to, Annie Downs, recently spoke on the idea that we must remember what God has done, and that to remember Him we must know Him, and we must know Him through His Word and/or life experience.
At numerous times I’ve looked to the world, whether it was people or material comforts, to heal my pain. I’ve looked to friends, guys, medicines, doctors, and come on ladies, chocolate has had its shining moments as well. But none of that truly healed me physically or spiritually. It gave the illusion of healing, but did not last. It was not until I remembered that God is my Healer, and surrendered all to Him that I found healing. God has healed health issues that stumped multiple doctors. God has taught me to be satisfied with Him rather than falling to pieces when friends let me down. God has taught me valuable lessons through hurtful situations with friends, rather than leaving me feeling less than enough.
“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’”
God doesn’t always take away the pain immediately, and it’s not always an easy process. Sometimes doctors have to cause more pain to fix the issue. It takes needles and surgeries to fix diseases and broken bones. But God promises that He will heal us… just not always in the manner or timing we expect. To me God is not just a Healer that listens to my orders and fixes me. That gives me far too much credit. God has shown me that He is a Healer who diagnoses even the issues I do not see in myself. When I have no idea what the root is, He reveals it to me and fixes it along with all the other consequences it places in my life. God has shown me that He uses my pain and the healing process to teach me more about Him, and grow my dependence on Him. Situations that need supernatural healing remind me that I am not self-sufficient. To me, in this very time of my life, God has revealed that He is Healer. And in that, He is also showing me His power, love, and perfect timing.
How has God healed your heart, body, or mind recently or in the past? Where are you looking for His healing now?
Cling to Him, who is your soul’s only true Healer.
Written By: Emily