Healing, Part I

God knows that we want healing, and He knows that we need it too. It is evident, for, in the book of Isaiah (that great book written by a man who was fearfully obedient to God), we read that there does, in fact, exist a certain set of conditions by which God will be willing to heal us. In fact, the passage extends more than to just physical and/or emotional healing, but physical healing (and, I would say is evident, emotional, and all other types of healing) is definitely a part of it.

In this passage, the following is the result of meeting the Lord’s conditions. Read them over and see it they are attractive blessings or not! (I think you will find that they are!) “Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.'” (Isaiah 58:8-9)

The passage goes on to reveal even greater blessings: “Then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones [note: a sign of physical healing]; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:10-11). (Still, there is more, which you can read about in verse 12.)

We all want these blessings for ourselves. Something in us says, “Yes, please, Lord, every single one of them!”

Now, let’s look at the conditions. They include the following imposed requirements by the Lord. Because of the great vastness of requirements, we cannot go into them all (it would take at least a few days, I think, in order to thoroughly do this, and I may well continue this passage in later submissions). Let’s just focus on Isaiah 58:6, which outlines for us just one of God’s imposed requirements such that we will begin to receive the (true) healing that we so greatly desire:

(1) “loose the bonds of wickedness” — we must sincerely strive to do what we can to remove injustice and evil behavior from our midst. This means being willing to stand up for what is right, and saying “no” to wickedness (could be gossip, for example) in our own lives. This will mean saying “no” to the flesh, and every attempt to draw attention to ourselves. How does our behavior affect others to either do (1) what is right, or (2) what is wrong?

(2) “undo the bands of the yoke” — this is similar, if not basically a reiteration of number 1. “Yoke” refers to a “yoke” or “burden” that has been placed on someone unrighteously. People get yoked all the time, in the wrong way. We can help to undo those yokes. We must pray against things like this. Sometimes, we must take action and really “step in” to a situation in order to “undo the bands of the yokes” that have been placed on certain people. (For example, we may need to stand up to unjust government laws, such as laws that permit abortion, euthanasia, etc., and favoritism towards the rich. These are just a few examples of how we can get involved to “undo the bands” that are oppressing people (the government is just one example).

(3) “to let the oppressed go free” — this, again, is a reiteration of the two former ones. However, this also gives us another idea of what God means, in His attempt to get us to act for the sake of righteousness (Jesus said it also, in Matthew 5:6, when He said, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied!” This was a reiteration, of what God had already said in this passage in Isaiah, as well!). “To let the oppressed go free,” means, friends, we’ve got to do something about all of the serious oppression in our land! It is time to act (but not in a non-biblical and violent way). God’s ways will be by prayer. Sometimes, yes, we will have to stand up for what is truly right, and what we know to be God’s will at any given time (be sure it is God’s will, otherwise you could run into unwanted and unnecessary problems).

(4) “and to break every yoke” — again, God repeats it for us (as if it wasn’t enough!). Well, unfortunately, we are hard of hearing! However, again, a different slant is given on the former three, which we just studied. To actually take it upon ourselves to “break” every yoke is actually now getting into something which is more than prayer. It involves taking action. How serious are we about this? Are we serious enough to really get involved and start doing something? I would suggest, for example, that if the Lord has somehow “pricked your conscience” today, that you give Focus on the Family a call. You may not personally agree with everything that they have to say. But these are folks who are definitely raised up by God to begin attacking a number of evils that are facing our land today. Another possibility is to contact Last Days Ministries, which is actively involved with pro-life. These are just some of the organizations that we all could benefit, I feel, by getting involved with.

So, the summary for today is as follows. Yes, we need healing. But God has a lot more interest in saving the lost, the downcast, the despairing, the rejected, the unborn, etc., than He does in simply “satisfying our own desires (to be healed, etc.). His will, first and foremost, has always been, and will always be, a truly righteous and God-fearing people (we won’t go into all the reasons why this is so, for now). As the apostle John so aptly put it, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects, you may prosper and be in good health.” He did not leave us without the second part of the verse, however, which concludes, “just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2).