“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
Jeremiah 17:9, NLT
We are the wounded. What exactly has caused it isn’t always known. A death, divorce, depression and disability are great triggers. Some of us are chronically ill, others are mentally ill. We struggle to hold a job, and to go to church. There are some who are reading this who are controlled by addictions. And a few of us consider suicide on pretty much a regular basis.
We’ve been hospitalized and stigmatized, and sometimes even institutionalized. And at times we endure massive attacks of fear and anxiety. We are not easily understood, and we hear the whispers. Our paranoia can often saturate what what we are thinking, (I think its more like a “marinade.” Our brains just soak it up.) Most of us are ‘walking wounded.’ We limp physically, and figuratively with equal pain.
“For thus says the LORD: Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.”
Jeremiah 30:12, ESV
If we are honest (and God insists on a rigorous honesty) we realize that we are a mess! The prophet Jeremiah had a tremendous understanding of the human condition, and was never beguiled by the lie of pride, arrogance and selfishness. He declares that we are diseased down to the core, like a rotten apple.
At times we continue in our favorite style of darkness. And havoc sporadically rips through us and we become “disaster areas.” How very sad, and profoundly tragic.
But you must understand this powerful fact. Jesus Christ has been sent by the Father to save and cleanse all who come to Him.
“At that time a fountain will be open for David’s descendants and for the people of Jerusalem to cleanse them of their sin and uncleanness.”
Zechariah 13:1, NCV
“Children, it’s time for a bath,” and what God has done provides us the only way to “get better.” Some of us have carried staggering burdens for decades. But I must be truthful. Our afflictions may continue to disturb us. If you are bipolar or depressed, it just could be you’ll remain so. But I know first-hand that our Father will give us an extra ration of grace.
In the Old Testament, family patriarchs could give an additional portion to a son he especially loved. All were blessed, but some more so. That peculiar proclivity of our Father is why some of us with deep wounds can follow closer than others who are healthy.
“For I am the LORD, your healer.” Ex. 15:26
“The treatment a wound gets decides whether time will bring healing or bondage.”
kyrie elesion. (Lord, have mercy on each reader)