Don’t get defensive. You don’t deserve to be healed; and, I don’t either.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8 NKJV
We are stinkin’, filthy, sinners.
Jack Wellman put it simply, “God gives us what we least deserve (called grace) and withholds what we do deserve (called mercy).”
That’s pretty simple. But I’ll make it even clearer: If God were to judge us as man does, according to His law, we’d all be put to death.
I know this because Romans says, “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;” ~ Romans 3:10 NKJV
“…no, not one” seems pretty clear. We all deserve death, not healing.
That brings me to this:
“I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.” ~ Isaiah 57:18-19
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” ~ Jeremiah 33:6
In Isaiah, God is pointing out the very wrongdoing of the people (every sin you imagine happens today was happening there and then) but then He shows such mercy by saying that even though He has seen their ways, He will heal them. “I will guide them,” He says. He promises to restore praise to those with a contrite heart regardless of what He saw.
In Jeremiah, God is saying His wrath is coming against those that have done wrong and He will turn His face because of the wicked. Nevertheless He will bring health and healing to those whom He calls His. “Nevertheless” means “in spite of.” So…in spite of what they had done, He promised health and healing.
So, remember this:
Even though God has seen your ways, nevertheless, He wants to heal you. He wants to restore you.
What He did for them…how much more would He do for those His son bore stripes for?
You may feel undeserving. You may feel like this is your burden and it’s no big deal because you know you deserve worse.
Don’t listen to the lies of the devil.
Don’t listen to the lies of the devil.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” ~ John 3:16-17
But, now that we’ve covered that He sees our “ways” and “nevertheless” He loves us, let’s talk about after our healing – the one we never deserved yet received because He loves us.
“You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” ~ Isaiah 38:16-17
Don’t let your healing stop with, “Praise Jesus!” Don’t let it stop with the words, “Thank you, God!”
Go back to the wisdom of Isaiah 38 and proclaim,”Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish,” and ask yourself – ask God – “Reveal to me all that you have delivered me from, God; because surely this ‘anguish’ was but a symptom of a greater problem.”
See, God won’t heap wrath on you. He will however take said wrath and use it for your good if you let Him.
Thank him in actions by learning what your anguish was for. In my case, this time, it was for my lack of faith in God desiring to heal me. I always 100% believe He will heal others but – for whatever reason – don’t deem myself worthy of His healing (see “Nevertheless” above).
So, as I laid to rest and the devil tried to talk me into keeping my doctor’s appointment just in case, I proclaimed “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” ~ Jeremiah 17:14
I said aloud so every demon within hearing distance could hear me, “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed.”
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” ~ Numbers 23:19
If you serve the God that I serve, He is no liar. He keeps His promises. And, if He has healed you…you are healed.