God will deliver you
God’s heart is to restore us to wholeness. When we need healing for our bodies, minds, or spirits, God’s word provides answers for our afflictions. Scriptures on healing give us a new perspective of hope and comfort. Rest and read God’s word knowing that it will speak to your situation today. Let’s look at Exodus 15:26.
How quickly we forget God’s deliverance. That’s not so great if you’re a follower of Jesus. Even worse, I suppose, if you saw first-hand the mighty deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Regardless, we forget. We always have, and we probably always will.
Remember your deliverance
Of course, being a Christian, a follower of Jesus, is no fix-it-and-forget-it decision. It’s not like paying to have your car repaired, or your gutters cleaned. Joining the redeemed community—the household of faith—is an active choice we make every day, in every circumstance. And every deliverance we experience must be remembered so that we do not repeat our mistakes, necessitating another deliverance from slavery. We must remember.
The Israelites forgot and risked being treated like God treated the Egyptians. At the end of Exodus 15, the Israelites had just arrived at the first encampment after being delivered from Egypt and Pharaoh’s army. Just three days prior, they had witnessed God’s great power, feared God, and trusted in Him and Moses. They sang the “Song of the Sea” (Exodus 15:1-18) in praise to God, including these lines, among many others:
“The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”
“You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.”
Listen, do, give ear, and preserve
Only three days had passed since the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea, and yet they grew dissatisfied. They forgot. In Exodus 15:24, the Israelites grumbled against Moses because of the bitterness of the water. God instructed Moses on how to make the water sweet, which he did. Then we read:
There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and preserve all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.“
So, if we “listen” to His voice, “do” what is right, “give ear” to His commandments, and “preserve” His statutes, God will not put on us the diseases He put on Egypt. But if we obey his commandments and don’t experience those diseases, why does He go on to say He is our healer?
“If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes…for I am the Lord, who heals you.” [Exodus 15:26, NIV]
I am the Lord, your healer
Like the Israelites who were slaves to Egypt, we were slaves to sin. And sin leaves scars. God has healed us by surgically removing us from our slavery to sin, and He is healing the wounds caused by those sins.
Wounds we’ve inflicted on ourselves and others, and wounds others have inflicted on us.
How God heals is stated in the first part of the verse. A life lived listening to the voice of the Lord is a healed life. A life lived doing what is right in God’s eyes is a healed life.
A life lived giving ear to His commandments and keeping His statutes is a healed life. In other words, God ends the statement of what He will do if we obey—refrain from putting the disease of Egypt on us—by reminding us what He has already done and is doing.
Enter into the healed life
Here’s more great news: Even if we forget and don’t obey; even if we don’t listen to His voice, He is still our healer. So the question is, why not enter into and stay in the healed life right now? Why ever return to the diseased life? What could it possibly give us that is better than total, complete, and forever healing?
Listen, do, give ear, and preserve, and in remembering God’s deliverance, your healing will be complete.
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