Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.

Jeremiah 17: 14

 

Healing and salvation, salvation and healing, God provides them both. They are closely connected in the Lord’s view of our relationship with Him. Christ gives them as the centerpiece of His gracious love for people. God provides us with the way to dwell in His presence, and He heals our souls of the sin that separates us from Him and that sickens our relationships with other people.

 

God’s approach to us is somewhat like the way that medical practices connect with us. He makes the information about who He is, where to find Him, and how to contact Him readily available. The Lord seeks us out and speaks with a clear voice to everyone, but if we don’t choose to listen and to respond, He doesn’t try to force us to see Him. God’s desire to have us choose Him and to decide to follow Him and His way of living is a fundamental aspect of who He is. This has been true throughout my relationship with Him, for God never demands that I turn to His solution for my ailments; yet, His way is always the right one.

 

It is also true that when God heals, we are healed. When God saves, we are saved. His power, knowledge, and ability are total, and they are absolute. There is no malpractice, and no second opinions are ever needed.  As God works in us, we are not just restored; we are made better and stronger than we were before. Christ wants us to be healthy and high functioning. As we choose to allow Him to heal our hearts, He becomes the source of all that is praiseworthy in and through us.