October 1, 2022

A Time for Healing

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

And a time for healing (Ecclesiastes 3:3, ESV)

For Insight

One of my most favorite songs by singer, songwriter Richard Smallwood is called “Healing” and includes these lyrics;

There’s healing for your sorrow,

healing for your pain

Healing for spirit

There’s shelter from the rain

Lord send the healing

For this we know

There is a balm in Gilead…

To heal the soul.

If you’ve never listened to this beautiful, powerful Gospel song I encourage you to pull it up and let it speak to your area or circumstance in need of healing.

In his scrolls, the prophet Jeremiah asked the people where their balm was. They knew the balm to which he referred. They lived in the region just east of the Jordan which was known for the aromatic balm the land produced. It had a spicy scent and was used to bring healing to the sick and wounded. Jeremiah was pointing his readers back to their God, whom they had abandoned and taken up with idols. But there is another balm Jeremiah points us to, a prophetic question as the Lord asks us, where our balm is?

Jesus comes to be our balm. He enters into our wounded souls, our broken hearts, the places that once were full of hope but now are heavy with despair. He comes to replace our sorrow with joy, our wounds are healed in his care. What the world, life and the enemy have not only stolen, but killed altogether Jesus comes to restore us.

Solomon was not only a king, but he was also a poet with a timely and needful word. Every stanza of chapter 3, vs 1-8 point us to the One who can get us through every season and changing time of life. Times will change, we will experience every emotion imaginable, we will learn what it means to suffer on every level, but we will also learn what it means to be in the Father’s loving care. No season goes unanswered. We are born and we will die, we will do some planting and at times need to or be uprooted, and we will experience death in some form before we experience our own ending of life, but we will also know the healing touch of the Lord. We will experience what it means to be made whole again, to live though we had died.       

Check Yourself

Has life, experiences, circumstances, or the enemy killed something in you? Are you willing to give it over to the Lord so he can apply his healing balm to make you whole once again?

Praying Ecclesiastes 3:3

Jesus, at times I have given up on being healed from the brokenness I have experienced in this life. Thank you for reminding me Jesus is just the balm I need so my spirit, my soul, my heart can live again. I will put my trust in Jesus and wait for the healing he brings. Amen      

Digging Deeper

Read Jeremiah 8:18-22

Read Psalm 103:1-5

Read Isaiah 40:3-5

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