I Will Heal Him
Sunday, February 14, 2016
When we walk alone we give in to worry and fear. When we walk with God we are encouraged and learn that He loves us. When we know we are loved by our Creator, we can follow Him knowing He has our best interest at heart. Leaving God out of our lives is a prescription for disaster.
Our Lord Jesus taught us to deny self and follow Him. He called us to put our trust in the Lord. There is peace and safety when we do so. To go it on our own is unwise and unnecessary.
Listen to the words God gave to Isaiah to speak to His people before they were taken into captivity in Babylon.
11 "Of whom were you worried and fearful, when you lied, and did not remember Me, nor give Me a thought? Was I not silent even for a long time so you do not fear Me?
Do you ever think that God has forsaken you? It seems sometimes that He just lets us go our own way and so often we fall prey to thinking we are on our own and so we forget about God and just live the way we please. This was the case with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God would walk with them in the cool of the day. They thought He had left and they began to listen to the voice of the tempter. Had God deserted them? He had not. He was there, but they acted as if He was not. They began believing the lie that God did not have their best interest at heart. Because they let their trust in God slip, they slipped into sin. We tend to move away from our fear of God, our reverence for God when we get to thinking He has deserted us. We tend to rely on our own goodness, our own wisdom. Read on in verse 12:
12 "I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you.
The good we do, our righteousness and our deeds will not profit us. We are not saved, or kept saved by doing good things. Our salvation is real when we are trusting God and listening for His still, small voice whispering to our souls, “This is the way, walk in it. Walk with Me, Trust Me.” We may be good people but our goodness is not what God is seeking. He wants to develop a relationship with us. When we leave Him out of our daily lives we begin to trust other things.
Pick up in verse 13:
13 "When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry all of them up, and a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in Me shall inherit the land, and shall possess My holy mountain."
The things we allow to take God's place in our lives will not deliver us. Whether those are literal idols or riches, or fame, or a job, or whatever. Those things are not going to last. The only thing that will see us into our inheritance from God is to be attached to Him. It is our connection to the Almighty Lord of the Universe that saves us. His offer of salvation is a free gift and we receive it by putting our trust in Him. The Christian life is about learning to see Him in every event in our lives and trusting Him to be our Lord and Savior, Our Loving Heavenly Father.
Read on in verse 14 and 15:
14 And it shall be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people." 15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Where do you see God dwelling? We walk away from Him and it appears to us that He no longer cares, or at least that is what the enemy wants us to believe. But He is still there. We need to remove the obstacles that hinder our trust in God. Whatever comes between us must be set aside. Yes God dwells on a high and holy place, but He also lives with the contrite and lowly of spirit.
His desire is to revive us in our spirit and in our heart. What does it mean to be contrite? I looked it up. The Hebrew word here translated contrite could be translated as crushed, or made into powder. It could also be bruised. Have you ever felt crushed by life, or bruised by life?
It could also be translated as humble. The word lowly in this passage is actually similar in meaning. It too could be translated as humble. It also carries the idea of being depressed, or being brought low.
God dwells on high, but He also lives in our spirit and in our hearts. Some of us recognize His presence here. We have accepted that He loves us and that He is our Lord. We have humbled ourselves and recognized our need of God. We have allowed ourselves to be convicted and corrected by our Loving Heavenly Father. God lives with the contrite and lowly.
Sometimes the circumstances of life bring us low. Sometimes it is our choice to be humbled before God and to accept His place in our lives. But, there are other times that God allows the problems we face in life to humble us. That is, to bring us to our knees before Him and recognize that we need God to revive us in our spirit and in our hearts.
The choice is ours. We can choose to humble ourselves, or we can wait for God to allow our lack to trust and obedience to bring us to the place that we recognize our need of Him.
God's desire is to revive us with His presence in our Lives. His Spirit wants to fill us with His presence. He wants to Heal us where we need healing the most – in our spirits, in our hearts.
Isaiah goes on with this idea in verses 16 and 17
16 "For I will not contend forever, neither will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before Me, and the breath of those whom I have made.
17 "Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, and he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.
God is kind and gentle with us. He does not just destroy us, as He would be just in doing. He is patient and seeks to draw us back to Himself. He will not always contend with us. He has every right to condemn us and write us off as unworthy of His love and forgiveness, His mercy and His grace. But He does not destroy us and write us off. If He dealt with us in that way, it would destroy us. It is often in times of God's greatest mercy toward us, that we feel He has turned away from us in anger. In reality it is we who have turned away. We have been seeking to meet our own needs in our own way. We have turned in the way of our hearts when what we need is to turn to Him. We need to humble ourselves before God and admit our need of Him.
God says through Isaiah in verses 18 and 19:
18 "I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, 19 creating the praise of the lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near," Says the Lord, "and I will heal him."
“I have seen his ways, BUT...” God says, “I have seen his ways, But...” God knows what we deserve, but He does not want to give us what we have earned, what we really deserve. Whether we have have sinned in big or small ways... Whether we have quietly ignored God and left Him out of our day to day lives or out and out blasphemed His name, and cursed God to His face
God sees our sin. He knows what we are like when we live as if He is not there. He knows we need Him. We were created to have fellowship with Him.
We must accept Him as Lord of our lives and at the same time trust that He loves us as parents love their children. Refusing to accept these things as true leads to our humiliation, to our being crushed and bruised by life.
“I have seen his ways, BUT I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, creating the praise of the lips.”
God sees us to the very depths of our being. He knows us better than we know ourselves and he still chooses to come into our lives and heal us. He wants to make our paths straight. He wants us to be comforted by His presence, by His Spirit living with in us.
When David sinned and went after the wife of another, he was forgetting God. He was seeking to meet his needs in his own way. He refused to follow the Spirit. He was walking in the flesh instead of walking in the Spirit.
When we seek to meet our needs in our own way, we push God aside and refuse to accept His love and grace. Whether that involves sex, or food, or a career choice, or what we watch on TV. When we leave God out of those choices we are moving away from the only source of healing, true healing available to us. We put other things in God's place in our lives. The Bible says that is idolatry, or spiritual adultery.
God sees us and is seeking to heal us with His presence. We must respond by accepting the truth of His Love and the truth of His Lordship. When we do, we will begin to praise Him and glorify Him in all we do and say. This is holiness. His presence, His love for us, His leadership makes us holy. Obeying the rules and ignoring Him is not good enough. We must obey the rules for the right reason; because we love and trust God.
God wants to heal the contrite and lowly, the bruised and humiliated. He promises to heal us. “I will heal him” says the Lord. God offers peace to those who are far and to those who are near. Trust that HE will make good on this promise and heal you.
But... Verses 20 and 21:
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up refuse and mud. 21 "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked." NASB
If you refuse to accept His love and His lordship, no matter how good life seems to be for you, it will not end well. There is no peace for the wicked. There is no peace for those who leave God out of their lives.
The Lord God of All Creation wants to heal you. Will you trust Him? Will you turn to Him? If you seek Him He will be found.