By: Amanda D. Kramer
My wife was doing some journaling, and I got curious (as I often do) and saw what she was journaling about. I asked her to turn it into an article for you today. I think it is timely, and perhaps the very Word from God that you may need today! Will you join us on a spiritual journey today? The Choice is yours.
The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.
-Deuteronomy 7:15 (NIV)
One of the names given as a description of God in the Old Testament is Jehovah Rophi, God our Healer. Too many Christians today treat God as though he is still bound by the verse in Deuteronomy chapter seven, verse fifteen where he told the Israelites that he would not inflict on them the disease of Egypt, but rather on their enemies. They take it to the extreme and take it to mean that God will never inflict any kind of disease on us. They look at Salvation and think that from then on out is nothing but going from mountain top to mountain top because God will take care of everything. Others believe that although we will have some suffering He will heal us, both physically and spiritually, whenever and however we need Him to. Unfortunately, this also means that God is treated like an Emergency Room doctor.
For anyone who has been in a hospital, it is possible that you have heard over the PA system, “Code Blue” and a location. If you are at all familiar with Code Blue you know that it is, “indicating that a cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest requiring CPR is in progress” (“Code blue,”). In other words that patient has died and needs to be resuscitated (i.e. brought back to life). This is similar to salvation; we die in and to our sin and need to be given life again. We find this new life in Christ. For a lot of Christians this is where the life with Christ ends; we never go back to Christ until we have a sickness, a hurt, or a problem.
Instead of a God that we only run to in emergencies, we need to remember what He really died for us. As described in Galatians, He redeemed us from the curse of the law.
(13) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
-Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV)
Isaiah tells us that He was pierced for our transgressions, not His own.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
-Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
This is a free gift of grace, His unmerited favor toward us. All that He asks for in return is a relationship. When we begin to cultivate this kind of relationship with God, instead of only running to him in emergencies we will begin to have daily checkups with Him. He will then become more of a family practitioner than an E.R. doctor. This is the doctor who knows all about what is going on with you and your family. He knows every bump, every bruise, and every cut you have ever gotten (spiritually, and physically speaking). He is the kind of doctor who is not afraid to make house calls in the middle of the night. Whenever you need Him, He is there. God said did not say that there would not be hardships; He just said that He would walk through them with you. We must remember that every mountain has its valley. The familiar poem Footprints comes to mind, talking about how God is with us throughout our life. I do truly believe that there are times when God will walk beside you in the valley, He will carry you up the Mountain, He will dance with you on top, and He will roll down the other side with you.
The most important question you have to ask yourself today is: Am I letting God walk with me? God said He would never leave us nor forsake us. He is always there for us. The question then becomes are you treating Him like an Emergency Room doctor, only seeking Him and His attention when you have a major issue or are you treating Him like the family doctor that you call on for every small issue in your life, knowing that He already knows, cares, and has an answer for you. Perhaps today you need a fresh look at your life to really decide if you are following Him. For example the Bible talks about not forsaking your gather at a church, are you doing that today? Are forsaking corporate worship? No, churches can hurt you, but don’t let that stop you from worshiping God. It is all about Him, not about us. How are you? Maybe now is a time to talk to God about your situation.