Scriptures: And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (Exodus 15:26) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:3-5).
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience! Pain manifests in many ways. Tears streaming down one’s face, a frown or facial expression, a sigh, someone screaming, someone bent over and wrapping their arms around themselves, difficulty breathing, or depression can be indicative of an individual experiencing pain. The pain can be of a physical nature, which is brought on by an injury, or suffering from some type of illness, the pain can be of an emotional nature, which can be brought on by heartache and sadness, and from suffering from mental anguish. There is also pain of a spiritual nature! This pain occurs, because one is sin sick! When pain has invaded our bodies, whether physical, emotional, or as a result of “soul” sickness, it is an uninvited and unwanted guest, that we most certainly want to simply go away! What does one do, to eradicate the pain in their lives? Might I recommend going to God in prayer, diligently? After all, our God is Jehovah RAPHA, “The Lord that healeth Thee.” God first revealed Himself as Jehovah RAPHA in Exodus 15:26. It was during this time, that the Lord had miraculously dealt with Israel! He delivered them from their enemies by using Moses to lead Israel through the Red Sea, and they entered the desert of Shur. For a period of three days, they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they were unable to drink the water, because it was bitter. Then the Israelites began to grumble against Moses. Why, after God had brought them through so many hardships and pain, didn’t they believe God could provide water for them? He had already worked miraculously in so many ways to bring about deliverance from Pharaoh, and the taskmasters that were set over them to afflict them. When they grumbled and complained, God could have cut them off, but He is a merciful God! Then Moses cried out unto the LORD; “And the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet. It was there that the LORD proclaimed Himself to be Jehovah RAPHA, “The LORD that healeth Thee”, after turning the waters of Marah from bitter waters to sweet waters.” (Read Exodus, chapter 15) Sometimes God will use our bitter waters of troubles and fiery trials of sickness and pain, to mold us and to make us. He will use our bitter waters of despair, to cause us to trust Him all the more! Our pain draws us closer to the Lord. Our pain causes us to grow stronger in the Lord, and the power of His might! Pain will bring sin sick souls to the foot of the Cross! God gives purpose to our pain!
God is the creator and healer of our bodies. At times, God will heal miraculously, just as He healed the bitter waters of Marah in an instant, and just as He healed the woman who had the issue of blood, for 12 long years. In faith, doubting nothing, she reached out and touched the hem of His garment, and she was instantly made whole! Jesus used Peter and John when He healed the man that laid lame at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. However, the Lord also uses doctors to bring about healing to our bodies! God does answer prayer! It is easier said than done, but we must learn to wait faithfully and patiently on Him! During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He went about healing all manner of sickness and diseases. He cast out devils from those who were tormented. Jehovah RAPHA also came to heal sin sick souls! In the ninth chapter of Matthew, Jesus sat down to eat, and the Pharisees took issue with Jesus eating with sinners and publicans. The Pharisees questioned His disciples, but when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Jesus also said, “For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. I came to Jesus just as I was, weary, wounded, and sad. I found in Him a resting place, and He has made my heart glad. Come to Jesus, just as you are! He will heal your sin sick souls. So, no matter the sickness and pain in your life, Jehovah RAPHA is our God that healeth Thee! He may not intervene in the way we would want Him to, but we must always be in remembrance of the Scripture that says, “For as high as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God is in control. God has a plan for all of our lives, which sometimes does not line up with the plans we have for ourselves! Who am I going to trust? I choose to trust the LORD! I choose to trust Jehovah RAPHA, “The LORD that healeth Thee.” Give your life to the LORD. God doesn’t always take away the pain, because He sometimes wants our pain to change us into who He would have us to be, and to become! I say unto you, have FAITH in God. Trust and believe, that God is able to heal all manner of sickness, perhaps not when you want Him to, but He’ll give you the strength to endure it until He says, ENOUGH! Our God is the God that healeth our bodies, our minds, and our sin sick souls! Enjoy the song by Kirk Franklin, “He’ll Take the Pain Away.” May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!