Is there any among the sons of Adam or the daughters of Eve who have been free of deep-rooted problems? Pain, shame, fear, hurt or rejection, are part and parcel of the human condition. Thousands of psychologists battle each day trying to get to the root of the symptoms such as anxiety, fear, pathological lying, infidelity, criminal behavior, recklessness or anger and try to help people overcome whatever debilitating issues they are facing or creating.
Our Lord, the Good Physician has a diagnosis for the state of man. ”For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.”
Many Christians, who try and grow out of the ‘old man’ fail to do so despite their best attempts. Most of these attempts are centered around their willpower, taming their thoughts, trying to gain knowledge (biblical, psychological or 10 easy steps to uprooting everything that’s wrong with you) using temporary fixes like faking holiness, outright hypocrisy and denial of the problem.
In Jeremiah 8:22,23 We see the prophet cry out in dismay about Israel.
“Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people
not been restored?”
The prophet knew that even in the Old Testament, God healed those who went to Him. But Jeremiah laments because the people did not go to God with their wounds and scars which ultimately consumed them and their nation.
How much worse is it if we fail to go to Christ our Healer, who bore in His body the stripes for our healing?
There is no point in tearing our hair out by wondering why we repeat certain behaviors or patterns of chronic foolishness. True and complete healing is only possible through the total and complete uprooting of our maladies. Uprooting has to begin with acknowledging that we are heartsick and going to the creator of our heart, with our sickness. We need to allow the compassion of Christ to reach us, invade our hearts and to make right what sin broke.
Do not reject healing by wallowing in shame or the pain-pleasure of punishing yourself. Get it to God today. Don’t waste a minute. Get over it. Humbly and gratefully receive the help given to you and move on. Once a heart receives the balm of Gilead it will automatically begin to pour out the same healing it received. Healing like most things that flow out of God’s goodness creates a ripple effect. One healed heart can help nations be reconciled with God because we are all needy, wounded and hurting. We just need the light of the world to show us the way.