No matter where we look, we find pain and suffering.
Hospitals are crowded with people who were once healthy but are now
waiting to heal. Our prisons are filled with shattered lives and
unfulfilled dreams where hope once lived. Mental institutions have
waiting lists for troubled minds and broken spirits. Divorce courts are
now busier than ever as people “uncouple.”
Every home seems to have its share of sadness. Eyes once filled with
joy and expectation are filled with blank stares. Hearts that once sang
praises are now hushed in silence because faith has been overcome by
earthly wants. Minds once focused on “things above” are now filled with
self-centeredness and greed.
Years ago there were craftsmen who were “jacks of all trades –
masters of none.” George placed a sign above the door to his shop that
read: “We can mend everything but broken hearts and bodies.”
But the Psalmist reminds us of the One who can do just that: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Recently, I sat in the office of my neurosurgeon to review my post
surgery status. As I sat there, I reflected on all who were involved in
“restoring” my health: nurses, surgeons, pharmacists, anesthesiologists,
dieticians – and the list is endless. And then God spoke to me and
said, “You’re right. They were only involved. It’s up to Me and My
Father’s grace as to what the outcome will be.”
“He” – and only “He” – can bind up and bring healing.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to realize what You can do in us, for us, through us and with us because You truly love us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.