Welcome to the From Hurting to Healing Bible Reading Challenge Week 4 Summary! Although we have tomorrow and Sunday remaining in the reading plan, this will be the last summary week for this particular Bible reading plan. You can find all the links associated with this reading at the bottom of this post. Ready?
Have you ever felt like someone is against you but you have no idea why? The mourning of the prophet is explaining that very situation:
I have been hunted like a bird by those who were my enemies without cause;
I think we often feel like the hurts we endure in this life are “without cause.” But God can heal any hurt.
Because he poured out his soul. This is why we can experience healing from the heartache of this world.
David the shepherd boy knew what it was like to have to break the leg of a wayward little lamb. He knew that the lamb needed to learn how to stay close to the shepherd and listen to his voice. In the Psalm, when he comes to the Lord overwhelmed with grief over his sin, he knows that God has broken his spirit in order to draw him close, to help him remember the voice of the shepherd. And that the shepherd always wants what is best for the sheep. Oh how He longs to heal our hurting hearts and give us our best life! But we have to come close to hear his voice.
This Psalm is known as the one David wrote after his sin with Bathsheba and murder of her husband. The depth of sorrow with which he repents is depicted in the words of the psalm. How I wish I could hear the music to which these lyrics were sung. Do you think that a minor key might have been used? Regardless, we surely can pattern our lives after the man who is known as being a “man after God’s own heart.”
For many years I had the list of spiritual do’s and don’t ‘s all down pat. On the outside, it looked pretty good- my religious facade. But on the inside my heart was stone. True Healing provides for more than just a change of heart; healing from the pain of this world requires a heart transplant from the Maker.
Did you read the passage today? Oh the beautiful treasure of letting our lights shine for Christ through these mortal pieces of flesh we call bodies. You see, this is the reason for our healing– that God would receive all the glory and honor and praise. How wonderful that he allows his light to shine through our cracks!
2 Corinthians 4:8-18
You may wonder what inspires me to offer the Bible reading challenges. You see- I need God’s Word in my life so desperately. Many of you know that my daughter, Taylor, has a rare terminal disease, MPS. Just yesterday, she woke up and immediately had a grand mal seizure. After it was over and she lie on the floor recovering, I turned to the #hurting2healing passage for the day. And in this God moment, I read:
“Do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…”2 Cor. 4:16&17
And after posting this on Instagram, many folks with other “life momentary afflications” echoed the grace this passage ushered in for the day. Autism, spina bifada, epilepsy… Do not lose heart!
Jesus, the light of the world, longs to alleviate our hurts and heartaches. But this passage clearly shows that some of us choose not accept his healing. Why? Because we have a bigger longing to have the approval of men more than we long to have the approval of God.
Jeremiah doesn’t pull any punches in this passage. His thorough description of wounded hearts is thoroughly relatable. Sometimes they are the result of others; sometimes the wounds are self-inflicted. Either way- Jesus is the healer.
I could take the entire post to write about this psalm. I love where it begins- crying out to God in prayer. If you’ve been around the blog much, you know that I firmly believe in prayer and that God answers prayer. It seems too easy; doesn’t it? What? We simply ask God for healing? This is where it begins?
Yes, he longs to restore full relationship with us. His deepest desire is to turn our mourning into dancing and our sorrow into gladness.
Jesus, would you help us move from hurting to healing? Would you give us the courage to remain faithful to your word and stay close to you in prayer, day by day? Would you heal the wounds that are painful still and the hearts that continue to ache? We know you will because your word promises it. And you, God, always keep your promises. Thank you, Jesus.
This post is Week 4.
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