Restore us Lord
In life I’ve burnt my left leg badly, twice. Both accidentally because of rushing, oversight, oops… the huge burn from 4 years ago you wouldn’t even know it now (but I saved photos). My recent burn still hurts and is healing. I am OK! Walked into a hot iron I placed on the floor. Thank God it is healing and I believe that I am over the worst, but I must still apply anti-microbial medicine. I learned from the last wound, so I can be more knowing this time. Healing takes time.
But I am not really only talking about my leg, I’m talking about spiritual growth... our burns and burdens are not to be ignored but dealt with and set aside. Learned from and left. Scars remind but they are not to overwhelm our lives, we are to deal with our own selves with grace that covers us from Jesus, otherwise the devil will have a field day. Be forgiven and move forward.
If I did not take care of my wounds, my body would still fight for its survival. If I way prematurely assumed gangrene and leg amputation, then I might give up taking care. If I assumed the worst, I would be too distracted to live. That’s the distraction of the devil who wants you to be hung up and paralyzed in fear, overthinking, and wrong. That’s the conviction when you have not had the trial. Don’t go that far. Jesus will fight for your soul. Don’t worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself. Stay in the present and tend to the moment. Be attentive to the Lord and let Him handle things.
If I cover my wound, there are less likely chances that microbes that will infect from outside, but I also have to watch for any pre-existing embedded bacteria and fungi which might flourish. I must cover and treat. I must also not inflict false cure attempts that are worse. I must find the balance. That’s not just my wound, that’s also my soul. Jesus and repentance. Jesus covers us. Jesus fought and won the battle over sin and death. Jesus’s blood covers us. And Jesus IS sufficient. Any false cure will hurt more. The treatment for our own sins is repentance, but from pre-existing sin, original sin, human nature sinfulness, you can only be treated and healed by Jesus. And He has saved us, so we MUST ACCEPT His victory and cover ourselves with Him. (and it is easier to cover our wounds if we would only: BE STILL).
Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
And we are to remind ourselves that we do have Jesus, we need to not waiver about our need for him. We must believe that He will bind our wounds and heal us. We are His to heal, He will make ALL wounds disappear. He will create in us clean hearts. He restores the sparkle to our eyes… He will make our fears dissipate. He restoreth our soul.
Lord, restore our sparkle, heal our wounds, cover us with You.
You are our possible.
Psalm 13:3-6 NLT
O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
Psalm 147:1-11 NIV
Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiled of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.