“Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds; they are not pressed out or bound up or softened with oil.” Isaiah 1:5-6
When we are in rebellion, there is no soundness in us. Our strength fades. The ground we stand on shakes. Our steps falter. Our reasoning becomes increasingly opposed to what God says is truth. We develop wounds and sickness in our soul that we cannot heal. Pressing farther down that road in stubbornness, pride, or foolishness, we often get to a point where we don’t see any way to get out of the pit we’ve dug for ourselves.
“For thus says the LORD: your hurt is incurable, and your wound is grievous. There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you…Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you…For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 30:12-13,15,17). Our hurt is incurable without Christ. Our wounds are grievous. Our guilt is great. God brings us to a point where we realize this, so that He can come in and do what only He can—restore health to our souls. Get to the root of our sin and cleanse us fully. No one and nothing else can accomplish this. But our God, rich in grace and mercy, binds us up and begins His healing work on our deepest wounds.
There is hope for us. When we cry out, when we humble ourselves, God enters in and changes everything. “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him” (Hosea 6:1-2). God, in His wisdom and grace, allows us to experience the consequences of our wrong choices so that we realize the truth of His Word and turn back to Him in faith. He brings the healing we so desperately need. He reaches down into that pit and draws us out, leading us each step of the way. It isn’t an overnight fix. We may not know where to begin. But our starting point is to simply reach out and grab the hand Christ offers to us, and follow Him back to fullness of joy.