When the average person begins to feel sick, showing signs of an impending illness, airborne, cold medicine or pain killers are taken to be proactive. If this action fails to improve your condition, a doctor’s appointment or some sort of check up ensues. In the worst case scenario, you may even need to be hospitalized. Yet, when individuals begin to suffer from a broken heart, depression or wounded souls, few react with a sense of urgency. Thus, society is filled with a spiritual epidemic, unable to recover from a crushed and wounded soul.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit, Psalm 34:18.
After Levi decided to leave his career as a tax collector to follow Jesus, joining the other 11 disciples, he threw a party at his home, Matthew 9:9-13. This guest list included former co-workers, Pharisees and sinners. When this worldly crowd tried to engage spiritual leaders, a clash of classes developed. This prompted the Pharisees in attendance to question Jesus’ choice of friends and associates. Using these concerns for a teachable moment, Jesus deciphered the healthy from the sick. The disciplined and mature are able to self medicate, managing their own spiritual temperature. However, the addicted, lost and lonely are in need of a spiritual physician.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds, Psalm 147:3.
According to Jesus, healing occurs as individuals begin to recognize their sins and actively seek forgiveness. Thus, the key to recovering from a wounded soul involves reconciliation with friends, enemies and God. Matthew 11:25-30 details a call to action for anyone overwhelmed by the worries of this world. Jesus promises to give rest to the weary if you are willing to lay your burdens at the feet of the cross. Whenever someone comes to their senses like the prodigal son, consumed by a sense of urgency, wounded souls are refreshed with salvation, Romans 10:9-10. May this blog serve as a blue print for healing in the future.
by Jay Mankus