Sometimes I join with the Lord’s inquiry above. I wonder why I hurt so bad. I wonder what can be done with so much devastation, strife and heartache in the world. Then I read this and wonder even more: Why would the Lord ask such a question? Surely He has all the answers, doesn’t He?
It is rhetorical in nature, to probe the hearts of the self-sufficient people of Israel. They think they can help themselves without God’s intervention. There is no balm or ointment or soothing lotions and potions to heal their sinful desparation. Only the Lord can heal like that. Only the Lord can pour forth His incomprehensible peace and fill a void when a mother loses a son, a husband, his wife, a five-year-old, his baby sister–or a nation loses an entire village. Only God can restore His wandering people when they walk away from Him and follow after their own desires and lusts. God wants them to remember Who is their great physician. Some folks say God does not care, that He sits on high and lets our world go by with barely a yawn. The people of Israel didn’t think that when they said:
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted Thee and Thou didst deliver them.” Psalm 22:3-4 KJV
The people of Israel, in all their sinful ways, recognized God in their midst when they praised Him for all He is and all He’d done for their forefathers. How much closer is the God who dwells inside the hearts of people trusting Christ Who has made our bodies the temple of His Holy Spirit?
Amid the broken, fallen, adulterous nation of Israel, God sat enthoned when they remembered all God had been to them. As they praised Him for His sustaining grace, His mercy, forgiveness and deliverance, He was in the midst of them and He alone was able to heal their brokenness and sin. Only Hemthe Most High God…Only He has the Balm of Gilead to soothe the troubled heart and meet their needs.
If you are going through a dark place right now…a time of crushing loss, I pray you see the glory of His goodness–the righteousness in His deeds. May you find your voice and praise Him for all He is, has been, and will be for you. I pray your mind receives His all-sufficient grace, and your heart–His balm of peace. And may He receive all the glory due His holy name amid your pain and heartache. selahV