Friday, October 22, 2010

Jehovah Rophi: The Lord Who Heals.

When we think of Yahweh Yireh (The Lord Who Provides) we often only think of Him as being the Provider of material things, but we've seen that He is Provider of much more than just money... The same is true of Jehovah Rophi (The Lord Who Heals). When we think of God being a Healer, we often only think of him healing our physical illnesses, but He is so much more than that.

When the Israelites had been traveling in the desert for 3 days without finding water, they finally found an oasis. However, the water of the oasis was too bitter to drink, so they started complaining and becoming bitter toward their leader Moses. Moses then cried out to God for help, and "the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses thew it into the water, and this made the water good to drink." (Exodus 15:25)

Then the Lord said to them, "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you (Jehovah Rophi)." Exodus 15:26.

This part of God's character is so comforting and convicting at the same time. It reminds us that there is no room for bitterness in our hearts. God is basically telling his people , "I am a God who wants to heal you... I am not inclined to cast you aside. My heart is to mend you completely - body, soul and spirit. I want you to know this about me: I AM the Lord who heals you. I can turn bitterness into sweetness."

God wants to not only heal our diseases, but also our bitterness, our pride, our resentment. The parts of our hearts that become hardened, that disable us from hearing His voice. His touch can bring healing. His nature is to mend us.

What part of your heart has become bitter? What part of your life needs to be touched by Jehovah Rophi? What kind of healing to do you need? His promise is that if we turn to Him, listen to Him, obey Him... then He turns the bitter waters of our life, into life-giving springs.
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