God knows what we are going through when we grieve, and He wants to assure us of His love and concern. He also wants us to turn to Him and bring our heartaches and burdens to Him. Billy Graham
Draw Close To The Wounded
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
2 Samuel 12:12-14
A soldier who has fallen in the midst of a battle may be very easily forgotten and left behind. If we are fighting in a war and one of our friends is shot and falls to the ground, would we have the courage and strength to go and bring him back to safety even though we are surrounded by the enemy?
Although we may seldom find ourselves in a situation of active combat, we need to be mindful that we are soldiers in God’s army, fighting an ongoing battle in the spiritual realm against the powers of darkness. If we see a fellow soldier wounded by the enemy’s attacks, we need to be equipped with the love and grace of the Good Samaritan to bandage his wounds and carry him to a place of safety and rest.
The life of David illustrates how the Lord can heal and restore those who are wounded and broken hearted. When David succumbed to temptation with Bathsheba, he misused his authority and tried to hide his sin. The Lord, however, who sees all and knows our hearts, sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David. God, in His grace, always gives us the opportunity for repentance but we have to choose to confess our fault, repent and turn back to the Lord.
David confessed his sin and was forgiven and although God’s judgment demanded the loss of his son, the Lord healed his wounds, restored his joy and taught him the value of a broken and contrite heart.
We need to understand that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and rulers of darkness. We have a common enemy who will use our pride and weaknesses to cause confusion, division, wounds and heartache. It is only as we put on the full armour of God that we will be able to withstand the enemy’s attacks.
Today, if you are feeling defeated in battle and hurting from your wounds, remember that the Lord is our Comforter, He is wanting to pick us up and restore us to Himself.
Help me to be aware of those who are wounded, that through Your Spirit, I may bind up their wounds and pour the oil of comfort and healing upon them, guiding them to the Father, where they may know His peace and rest. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo and Manju