“What areas in your life are you struggling in bondage to fear, bitterness, or trust?”
Rapha-Restore, heal, make healthful
We first see reference to the Lord as our healer in Exodus after the Israelites escaped from Egypt and crossed the Red Sea.
Exodus 15:22-26: “Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
We, too, can trust Him when we need healing from our bitter hearts over the difficulties of life. Many scoff at the Israelites for their grumbling, but we can fall into that pattern when an unexpected diagnosis comes, difficult relationships persist, or brokenness in the world overwhelms. Peace and a trouble-free life appeal to all of us. Our ultimate peace will only be found in Jesus Christ. Moses points to Jesus as our Savior as he leads the Israelites out of their bondage.
So, how does this look practically? In November 2008, a disc in my back ruptured. Tests revealed a spinal tumor.
How was I going to manage caring for my family when I couldn’t walk without assistance, much less drive?
Was Jesus truly enough and could I praise Him even when our future was uncertain? From my Caring Bridge page:
“December 7, 2008, at 6:40pm. As a family, we have been studying the OT and the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. Just as they needed to follow the direction of the Lord each day and rely on Him for provision of daily manna and water, we are depending on Him for everything and we give Him the glory for all He has done. When one is not walking in a desert time, it does not sound like it would be appealing. What we are finding is that there is a sweetness and security in this minute-by-minute, day-by day-walk. As the OT points to Christ and His coming, we who are in Christ can see this beautiful picture and can rejoice in the fulfillment through Christ. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, we rejoice!”
Jehovah Rapha was gracious to bring healing in many ways. Physically, after three surgeries in 6 weeks, my back was repaired and the tumor was removed. More importantly, Jehovah Rapha, our healer, brought healing to my heart and mind as I fully submitted to His will for my life here on earth. Each day, He strengthens me to let go of the fear of ‘what if” and to trust Him with my future.
What areas in your life are you struggling in bondage to fear, bitterness, or trust? I encourage you to cry out to our Jehovah Rapha and ask Him to heal your mind, body, and heart and to restore your relationship with Him. He is faithful.