The Process of Healing

Nov 1, 2023 | The Chuck Wagon

“It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
John 9:3; NASB

Jesus spoke these words in response to a question the disciples had about a blind man’s condition. The blind man was not blind because of his own sin, nor was he blind because of the sin of his parents. He was blind so that Jesus could heal him in front of the disciples that day. Imagine what that blind man might have thought when he heard Jesus’ answer. He was born blind. This meant he never saw the faces of his family or friends. He could never play the same way as the other kids played. He could hear them outside, he could hear them running around laughing and carrying on, but as much as he might have wanted, he could not join them. Most likely, he was not married and had no children. All this plus the countless other things he missed, just so the disciples could see Jesus heal him that day.

No one could blame you if you would have a hard time with this. Think about some things that have happened in your own life. Have there been hardships, disasters, or maybe some specific event that has bothered you ever since it happened? Think about the many times you cried out to God, asking for relief from those hardships. How could anything good come from being molested as a child or rejected by loved ones? Could the emotional abuse of a father or growing up in poverty ever be helpful to anyone? These are real questions that many of us bring into our Christian lives hoping God will answer them. I can honestly tell you there are answers to all those questions through Christ. To find them, we must deal with our understanding of God’s purpose for us.

Scripture tells us, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). This does not mean all things that happen are good once we become Christians. The word “together” in that passage is the key. The things you have gone through in your life collectively make up who you are, and by submitting to His will, God uses them for someone’s good. In order for that to happen, we must put aside our pride, self-pity, and right to be offended. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). This process of dying to self is what He meant by taking up your cross daily.

It does no good to live life with regret or self-pity. Paul told us, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). Embrace the new and help someone else who is hurting. Everything that has happened in your life gives you a unique understanding of those things. You can then use that understanding to provide comfort and healing for someone else. Ask God to use you in helping others who are hurting, and you will find your own healing will be deeper and more complete than you ever imagined it could be.

God bless and have a great week

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