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Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who Heals

Happy Friday friends!

Today we’re continuing our dive into the names of God.

Last week we talked about the God who sees us, El Roi.

I’m even more excited about this week!

Let’s get moving.

Chances are, at this very moment we all know someone going through something huge right now.

A family member is sick, our friend is going through a separation, a spouse is experiencing trouble at work.

Or maybe we’re the ones going through something catastrophic.

Thankfully, we have a God who is able to emphasize with us.

Not only that, but we have a God who is able to take what’s broken and hurt and return it to new again.

Our scripture passage finds us in Exodus today.

The Israelites just escaped the Egyptians by crossing a small little body of water we know as the Red Sea.

Talk about a miracle!

They praised God for his goodness, but praise quickly turned to grumbling when they went without water in the desert for three days.

It was at this time the Lord made a decree to his people: if they sought after and obeyed Him, he would keep them from the calamities they watched Egypt suffer. You know, the boils, infestations, and disease…

He finished up that promise with another-that he is the God who heals.

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Jehovah Rapha.

I so love this verse.

He’s the God who heals.

In a very literal sense.

Both the old and new testaments are full of accounts where people were healed of a variety of ailments.

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Ailments.

When we are writhing in heartache or pain, “ailments” doesn’t quite seem like the right word to properly address the many woes we experience.

Our hearts cry out, and we feel alone, lost, and broken.

The pieces of our life seem shattered into innumerable shards, with no realistic way of ever being able to pick up the disaster before us and go on.

If you’ve felt despair before, you know what I’m talking about.

God, our El Roi, sees us, but he also heals us.

He can restore us to a loving and meaningful relationship with Him.

He is able to gently bend down and begin fusing the broken pottery of our hearts together again.

He makes all things new.

Some say time heals all things, but I can attest from experience in my own life it only dulls the pain.

Only Jesus can heal all things.

Only my Jehovah Rapha was able to completely take the volatile mess of my heart and wash over me and provide a renewed spirit. 

Only my Jehovah Rapha was able to completely transform my broken life and destructive cycle of avoiding or hiding from Him.

God wants to take our hearts and restore the brokenness as a testimony to show others his goodness and marvelous light.

A short Friday blog post isn’t nearly long enough to fully capture the restoration and healing God can provide, but I pray it gets you thinking about it.

I don’t know what you’re going through, but I know God sincerely, truly, and deeply loves you. I know it because his Bible is full of countless stories and verses that demonstrate his tender care and mercy for mankind.

If you’re hurting, let the Lord your Healer penetrate your heart and do a work only he can do.

He heals. He is our Healer. He is our Jehovah Rapha. ❤️

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posted in Destination Beautiful bullet permalink bullet 1.16.2015

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