“‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him
a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!'” – Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV)
I was tired and in the throes of final exam study. A sudden noise outside my door startled me. As if to make it stop, I hit my hand against the wall. What I didn’t realize was the wooden door frame jutted out right where my wrist made contact. Ouch! I dropped to the floor, rolling in pain, crying, instinctively asking the Lord to lift the trauma.
A bump rose quickly on my wrist, and it seemed like a deep contusion, possibly a hairline fracture. I wondered – Could I really ask God to heal an injury that was my fault? I contacted a friend, a prayer minister, to ask. Here was her response: “If your cat ate a poisonous toad, would you be angry with her? No! You would get help for her.”
So too does our Father God want to help us, no matter what we have done to hurt ourselves. Along with the healing He gives us also come words of wisdom, conviction, and perhaps correction: in my case, how to stay in peace next time, and not to react with such force to sudden noises. But certainly His healing does not come with condemnation. God does not condemn us; that’s the enemy that brings those feelings, the desire to beat ourselves up over our mistakes. God brings firm but loving conviction of how not to make those mistakes again.
The following Sunday I was at a healing service and God nudged me that He was healing my wrist during worship. The same prayer minister friend came up and, without remembering the injury, placed her thumb on the injured spot. I thought I would have cringed. Instead, I felt no pain. Only the presence of God bringing healing. My wrist now is fine. Thank You, Lord!
Father God, thank You that Your desire is to heal us, no matter what foolish things we may do to hurt ourselves. Thank You for the wisdom that comes with Your healing, so we can begin to grow in ways of
learning to take better care of ourselves. Thank You that when we are hurt, no matter what the cause, we can come to You, Jehovah Rapha, our Healer, and You will respond with healing in Your wings. We love
You, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Thought for the Day
What is an area in which you’ve hesitated to ask God for help, because you thought it was your fault? Will you ask Him for help now? Listen for His response.