“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;
therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he binds up;
he shatters, but his hands heal.”
“And it shall be said,
‘Build up, build up, prepare the way,
remove every obstruction from my people’s way…
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him…
Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,’ says the LORD,
‘and I will heal him.’”
Isaiah 57:14, 18-19
This morning I feel wonder at the extent to which our Lord will go to heal us. To truly heal us, rather than allow us to go our own way with no thought to the consequences.
His love for us is so great and His faithfulness so constant that He will not allow us to blindly walk into destruction. He knows the better path. He knows where we will find the joy and satisfaction we are searching for. They are found in Him. Peace is known as we follow His commands, because truth is there. And truth does not bind us; it sets us free to enjoy life abundant.
But sometimes our stubborn heart won’t let go of destructive patterns. And God, in His steadfast love, does what He must to bring us back. Even if it hurts us momentarily. He is preparing the way before us and seeking to remove every obstruction. Isn’t this a beautiful picture? And what love, that He gets into the mire with us to pull us out, and does the difficult work of cleansing us from all unrighteousness, even if we are foolishly trying to cling to something that would destroy us if not for His powerful hand of healing.
“Peace, to the far and to the near.” The peace of God, the awakening of our souls, the healing of our sickness, is not reserved only for those who appear near to God. His arm reaches out to us and He is strong to save, no matter how far off we may seem. His power is at work in us. Continually renewing us day by day. “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). Regardless of past failures and weaknesses, take heart, for your God is faithful. He will surely do this. He’ll get us there.
“They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon”