Infections of the heart are often the result of wounds inflicted by sin and left unattended, bandaging them with various forms of denial, anger, or legalism. When sin comes to light often times it mirrors what an abscess looks like when a doctor lances it: infection shoots out and affects those around. It is messy, extremely painful and continues to ooze out infection. As time passes, the person hurt has several ways to deal with pain. Some choose to ignore the pain, pretending and putting a mask on that conceals their hurt. Some are so good they fool themselves. While others make anger and bitterness their best friends, attacking those around them. After all, hurt people hurt people. While others, yet, fall into a form of legalism. The “victim” creates his or her own form of laws and punishments, rules and regulations that the “criminal” must adhere to in order to receive grace and forgiveness. I love how The Message translates Romans 8:3-4 “…The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.”
Our Good Physician, our Gracious God, does not want us to fall into either of these categories when we have been hurt. No, He would rather do something deeper, stronger, and permanent in our lives. He wants to restore! He wants to bring the dead back to life! He wants to make dry bones walk again! He wants to take broken hearts and mend them with a supernatural strength. But there are things that we must do in order to be healed. We are active participants in this, but not in the way we think. Nope, God does things a lot better than we could ever imagine.
In the first part of MRSA of the Heart, the Good Physician told Natalie to do three simple things: rest, take her medicine, and come see him. These steps are what the Spirit calls us to do to experience healing. The first is to rest, to be still. Isn’t this the most tricky of all. There are places to go, people to see, laundry to do, work to accomplish, yada yada yada. God calls us to “be still and KNOW that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). I have a hard time with this. What does it look like to “be still and know that I am God”? Have you ever had a tough situation and you thought of plans A, B, all the way through H and yet they all fell apart? Or maybe you didn’t have a plan at all? Or maybe you tried for force things into your mold only to have it blow up in your face? This very well could be a time to practice being still. God has a plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11 promises that. So if God has a plan for me, AND I know that according to Romans 8: 28 that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” I need to rest in those promises instead of trying to fix things and myself on my own. God will show us what we need to do, when we need to do it, and how we need to do it. He won’t leave us or forsake us.
But we can’t accomplish rest on our own. That is why God works in parts and layers. He himself is multifaceted: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. Which brings us to the next layer. We need to take our antibiotics. For us, that means taking in the healing found in God’s word. Spending time in His promises is part of our antibiotic, our healing. Think about it, God made the world and all that is in it by just speaking. Psalm 107:19-20 states: “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” I truly believe that the God of miracles from King David’s life is the same God of miracles today. You call out to Him, He is faithful to hear and heal, but we need to be in His word. Why? Why is reading your Bible going to be a part of your healing? Because it’s part of the “Knowing” God.
See Natalie had a hard time being healed because she didn’t trust her doctor because she didn’t know him. Because she didn’t trust him or know him, she tried to heal herself and instead make the infection worse. When we study God’s word, it is a lamp unto our feet to help guide us especially during the darkest roads of our lives. Through God’s word we are able to see His truth among the lies of the enemies, and His truth brings freedom. When we are hurt, we often feel defeated and lose the will to move forward in God’s graces and mercy, but God’s word is powerful and full of nutrients for our aching souls. God’s word is “sharper than any two-headed sword” (Hebrews 4:12) to help us battle those things which hurt us. So “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) and walk with Him.
Which leads me to the last bit, come see Him. When we are still, when we focus on what God has for us instead of the pain we are feeling, we can see Him working out details we never even knew existed. We want our gushing wound to stop hurting, but God wants to get to the root of how the wound got there. And there is only one person who knows us better than ourselves and is able to get to the heart of it all: Abba Daddy. Our Father wants us to see Him, trust Him, obey Him. Exodus 33:14 reminds us “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” So where do I find my rest? Where can I quiet my soul? Where can I go to release these burdens that are causing more cuts and wounds than I can handle? In His presence. I often wondered how Mary could just hang out at Jesus’ feet while Martha ran around like a chicken with her head cut off. Yet it dawned on me that Mary had her priorities in a different order than Martha because maybe she experienced something that Martha never stopped to experience: peace.
Jesus showed over and over how when people were in his presence, he brought peace. He quieted storms, healed a woman who had been bleeding for over a decade, drove out demons, brought the dead to life all with the power of his word. And people experienced those miracles by being in His presence. See, it’s all interwoven to do something we can’t achieve on our own: wholeness. So if you find yourself hurting or someone you love hurts, I encourage you to experience Jesus by being still and knowing Him through His powerful word and peaceful presence. The road to healing isn’t easy. You’ll take two steps forward and five backwards, yet His mercies are new every day. Thoughts of your pain will plague your heart, but take captive those thoughts and submit them to the Lord. Bring Him your pain. He already knows you have it. Trust Him with it. He is the Good Physician.
If you need prayer or encouragement, please let me know. I would be honored to help you. Until then I hope y’all have a great week!