"If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord am your healer." Exodus 15:26
This is what Moses spoke to the Isrelites when he was in the process of leading the Israelites from Egypt to the promised land flowing with milk and honey. If you read about the journey you will find yourself among these people who did a lot of grumbling and complaining. When they didn’t get what they wanted when they wanted it, they put all their gold together melting it down and formed their own god! Please read the account in ExodusI 32.
I remember years ago when reading this account being stunned by their lack of gratitude for what God had done for them, and thinking how dumb can you be! If they created their god it was only as big as themselves, and in their case very limited. God had just parted the red sea for them as they were being pursued by Pharaoh’s army.
To my surprise I heard that still small voice say to me,
"You too have been guilty of the same sin of idolatry when I have turned to the world rather than God as my healer."
No, I can’t picture myself melting gold and forming a calf and calling it god, and claiming it had delivered me and parted the red sea, but it has been more of a heart issue. When I haven’t been healed fast enough I will turn to other sources as I lose patience waiting on the Lord for His timing to do the impossible. I have experienced His faithfulness over and over in miraculous ways just as Moses and the Israelites had. There is no reason for me to doubt. He has been faithful and true, showing much grace and mercy putting me back together from years of my rather active lifestyle. I have run more difficult trails and longer distances in the last three years than ever before in my younger days. I am now sixty six and realizing I do not still have a forty year old body. It came as quite a shock! I have increased my reliance on the Lord for guidance and wisdom. I had to! I am not familiar with this aging body, so I am trying to give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord my God and do what is right in His sight, not leaning to my own understanding and unreasonable expectations I place on this unfamiliar body. At this moment I am dealing with a sprained ankle which caused an abrupt halt to my training for a major race I am registered for in one week on Mount Mitchell in North Carolina. This particular race I have looked forward to during months of training. I have not lost hope.
I go to doctors occasionally, but most often I am much more at peace trusting in God, our Healer. He is my Healer as He said He was to His children in Exodus. I am one of His. I know that, and I hope you do too. I do try to give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes. If we are truly trying to live according to His ways He will honor our lives with His love which has the power to heal all injuries and wounds inside and out. Let us learn from Exodus 32, and not turn away from our God and Healer, but turn to Him in our sicknesses and infirmities. His Words are true and He is faithful to His promises. Place your trust in Him above all else. After all, He is truly God Almighty!
In His love.
I was very blessed with a week of vacation on Hilton Head Island, SC this past week. I so enjoyed the beautifully landscaped island with plenty of trails displaying the southern charm of huge live oaks draped in Spanish moss while biking almost anywhere you want to go there. The weather was perfect for swimming, running, and biking. Lots of fine dining to reward yourself with! So very much to be thankful for, and that I am!