Posted: Thursday, June 21
2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Verse of the Day:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22)
Something is not quite right. Only you can truly know the pain that is on the inside. Pain is a strange thing. It can be so intense for the person feeling it and be completely invisible to the examining eye. How many people do we walk past every day that are experienceing debilitating pain and yet mask it with a smile on their face?
I have not broken bones in my body, really only three – my lower leg, my nose and my back. Each break came with its own challenges and pain levels. However, each break was not visible to anyone. I could feel the pain, but found it hard to explain to others. I was broken but in each case, I did not know until an x-ray was taken and I could see on the inside. Once I saw the brokenness, the pain made more sense.
When we are broken physically, we can go to medical professionals and they can use machines to look inside our bodies and expose the brokenness. However, where can we go when we are broken emotionally? When we have eternal pain, pain that seems to have no source, then it drains away our energy and our strength. We may know that having a cheerful heart is good for us, but the pain is so intense there is no cheer anywhere. What can we do?
I am so glad that our God is not just a healer of the physical. When you read the Old Testament reading for today you will discover the story where Elisha helped to meet the physical and emotional need of two ladies. The first miracle was physical with jars and oil. The second was emotional, not just physical. Yes, the lady that served Elisha was given a son, but look at how she responded. 2 Kings 4:16b records her response, ““No, my lord!” she cried. “O man of God, don’t deceive me and get my hopes up like that.”” Can you see the depth of her emotional pain in that statement? How many nights had she cried herself to sleep longing to feel the warmth of a child in the emptiness of her arms?
I don’t know your brokenness or emptiness. I many not see the pain on your face or in your actions. However, there is one that knows you better than you know yourself. Make sure you take time to talk to God about your pain today. He alone can give you a x-ray of the heart and help you see the areas of forgiveness, bitterness, and/or pain that need to be healed. Reach out in your brokenness and embrace the examination of God’s Spirit. When he comes, there is healing in His wings.