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July 6, 2013 by Beth Waller
Jeremiah 33:6, “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and let them enjoy peace and security.”
This scripture is about a city, Judah that has become filled with wickedness and will suffer death and destruction. However, He will bring health and healing!
We suffer death, destruction, sickness, disappointments any number of hardships in this life. Sometimes I think they can be consequences of 1) poor decisions or actions, 2) being outside of the will of God, 3) not using the wisdom that He has provided or 4) not heeding His guidance, but the results are the same. I think I like it better when I can attribute hardships to one of these things, we can repent, count it a lesson learned and move on. Those that we aren’t quite sure the reason can be the most difficult, I know. I also know that being apart from God will never ultimately work to our good. John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Many times, I think our hardships can be attributed to being a branch away from the vine.
We know that there are also some things that on the surface to our mortal minds is just so unfair – like my sweet Mother’s death. I’ve wrestled with the 1- Why? And 2- Why in that manner? And then I usually find my way back to the 1-Why? However, God’s ways are not our ways and with great adversity and great pain comes great faith! We may never know the WHY’S of situations here on earth but we can always know that God can and will be health and healing to His people, abundant peace and security.
A nagging thought comes to me that everyone doesn’t get the health and healing, everyone doesn’t experience the peace and security after a hardship. I believe that can be explained in many cases by looking up just a few verses to Jeremiah 33:3, “Come to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you did not know.”
I believe we have to ask – seek God for this peace and security. All through the Bible it prompts us to seek – ask—request—make our requests known to God. I think it’s a great blessing that we can talk with our Heavenly Father – just talk to Him! What an honor, talk to Him today, make your requests known.