Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:3, there is “…a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up” (NLT). We do not have to look very far to find the time to kill or tear down--we see it on the news, in our schools, on social media, and even in our own back yards. But, where is the building up? Where is the healing?
We can be wounded by our enemy’s words and actions. There are malicious people who feed on the hurts of others and who prey on the weak to satisfy their voraciousness. However, the ones who are closest to us—the ones we love the most—can also hurt us. Our friends, our church, and even our family hurt us deeply. It seems these kinds of wounds can leave us wondering if we will ever heal. The recurring pangs can drive us into hopelessness.
But, there is hope, because we’re promised a time to heal. This healing will be amazing. It will be wonderful to finally leave off those pains and wounds, those ugly scars from bad relationships. Forgetting the back stabbing from people who said they loved us. Eventually shaking the memories of abuse, biting words, and broken hearts. Oh, how sweet that healing will be!
But where is it? When will it come? How do I find it? These questions haunt hurting people. They especially pervade the thoughts of those who believe in God and trust in the promises of His word. They know of the healing, but they still feel the hurt of past wounds. It can be confusing.
So, we turn to our friends to help us find healing. Our friends may very well have some good ideas to help us manage the pain we are feeling, but often it does not lead to true healing. We tend to think that we can figure out just what to do to fix problems in our lives and the lives of others.
The problem here is that we tend to forget where true healing comes from. We forget who the Great Physician is. And we don’t understand what healing really is.
Isaiah 53:5 tells us, “…he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Jesus came to this earth to suffer for us but also to bring healing. Luke 5:31 reminds us that the healthy do not need a doctor, but sick people do. It goes on to explain that Jesus came for the “sick” to offer healing.
Jesus knows our tendency toward selfishness. Jesus understands what it is like to struggle against His own will in order to submit to God’s will. He understands what we go through and endured suffering so that when we suffer He can be helpful to us (Hebrews 4:15; 2:18). This is how He can offer true healing. He asks for us to lay down our burdens and take up his burden, which He calls light and easy (Matthew 11:30).
Jesus’ healing does not simply remove pain, memories, or hurt from our lives. What Jesus tries to do is to get us to think differently about our situations. He tells us not to be influenced by the trends of this world, but to allow God to transform us into a new person by changing the way we think (Romans 12:2). This will help us see others in a very different light. When we are the victim of someone else’s brokenness, we can see them in the way Jesus saw those who were crucifying him: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). We need to remember that Jesus still endured pain, suffering, and even death after saying these healing words.
1 Peter 2:23 says, “He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.” We have to realize how just and fair God is. It was healing for Jesus to recognize the need for healing in His aggressors. It was liberating to give them over to God.
God’s healing does not take away feelings or emotions, but it does adjust our viewpoint of those feelings. We may still hurt from the wounds we sustained, and we will certainly remember the atrocities we experienced. But allowing God to change the way we think allows us to look at our situation differently. It allows us to see the spiritual needs of the ones who hurt us. It allows us to remove the victim mindset and finally find the Time to Heal!
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