Healing After Hardship
"For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord" -Jeremiah 30:17 NRSV
The hope that healing will result from our faith is nearly universal. We desire that the faithful remain healthy, strong, and true. For some, it is as though faith in our Lord is only worth something if healing results from it. Many believe that faith only has value if we get something out of it for ourselves. Of course, many also gloss over the fact that for healing to occur, illness or injury must happen first.
Jeremiah prophesied a word of hope and healing to the Israelites who had already suffered. They had endured great hardship and adversity at the hands of the Babylonians but were now being promised restoration and redemption. So it goes for us. For real healing to occur, there must first be real hardship. When real hardship does come, we trust that the Lord says to those who have suffered illness, injury, or agony, "I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal." Amen.
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Rev. Seth Nelson, author of The Church Unknown: Reflections of a Millennial Pastor, writes this blog. The blog focuses on the future of the church as well as how God loves and cares for us in the present. He is a pastor in Ronan, Montana.