For the longest time I didn’t understand the Hebrew names for God or why they mattered. I didn’t understand where it came from. And the honest truth is that I was well into my adult years before I even realized that the Bible wasn’t originally written in English. Talk about a wake up call.
I love learning the Hebrew and Greek words and their meanings. I love looking up words and studying them in their context. God can reveal so much to us through the study of His Word.
In the KJV, here is Exodus 15:26: “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”
In these verses, God is called Jehovah Rapha which means The Lord That Heals. This is who He is. I have established this in a few previous posts, but God cannot deny Himself. He acts in accordance to His character and will. He is our Healer.
This is what He does. We call out to Him. We ask Him for healing. He does what He says He will do.
Here’s the thing. God has healed more wounds in my heart and life than I can even count. Even through this blog series as I have struggled to speak out about the hurt and pain I endured, I have found healing in God’s truth. We rely on His truth and have faith that He will do what He says He will do.
I am so grateful to serve a God who heals. A God who puts His hand on our brokenness and claims it restored. A God who sees our wounds and speaks healing over them. A God who meets us in the mire and says I can heal you from this too if you’ll just let me.
I’m not trying to fool any one around here. There are some wounds and some brokenness in my life right now that God is singling out. He has told me I have lived in that brokenness for far too long and He wants to heal it for me. It can be scary to walk into that. Knowing that my wounds and my brokenness have almost become comfortable. What if I mess it up again? What if I get myself right back into this broken mess? What will you do with me then, Lord?
His name is Healer not because He talks about healing. Not because He just likes the idea of healing. Not even because He’s really the only one who can do it. His name is Healer because it’s who He is and what He does. I won’t let my fear keep me from experiencing His wonderful healing. I am believing and trusting in Jehovah Rapha, The Lord That Heals.
This blog post is a part of a series called Rediscovering God for the Write31Days challenge to write every day in October. You can find links to all posts in my series here. If you want to know more about the Write31Days challenge, you can find out more at www.write31days.com.