Jeremiah proclaims something thought provoking when he wrote:
17:14 O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed;
if you save me, I will be truly saved.
My praises are for you alone!
What does it mean to be Truly Healed? Truly Saved?
Are there imposters that are not actually “true?”
Do you know anyone who says that their current relationship is their salvation or healing? I know a few persons who thought that this “one” was all they needed to get over their past and live the happiness that God always wanted them to have. Suspiciously, the same routines, habits, and hurtful language seems to resurface over time in their relationship and often, but not always, a person is left with more hurt and more wounded than before. Relationships don’t truly save and they don’t truly heal.
Do you know of anyone who has an addiction and that is their salvation from their life and the drugs and alcohol seem to heal their deep hurts? I know a few person who thought that the bottle contains a magical formula of happiness and once taken, they are free to live the life they desire to have. Sure, there are community meetings about the effects of marijuana, heroine, cocaine, prescription meds, and alcohol; but there is a clear distinction between those persons and me! Until there isn’t. Drug use causes long term health problems, brain function issues, and isolates persons from those who love them. Drugs and Alcohol don’t truly save and they don’t truly heal.
Do you know of anyone who loves work, maybe a little too much? I know a few persons like that and they are 100% dedicated to their job. Now, let’s be clear that I am for taking a job seriously and striving for excellence in our work. However, the attitude and belief that my job is my escape from poverty and my salvation from meaninglessness places the employment we enjoy far above the other things/people in our lives that give us meaning and provide a richness to our lives. Work is talked about, thought about, obsessed over, and prioritized at the top. Tragically, companies often do not share our loyalty, bosses can see us as threats to their positions, and how dare we even begin to view a life of retirement…NO! Our jobs don’t truly save and they don’t truly heal.
If you, O Lord, Heal me…If you, O Lord Save me…
There is a fundamental difference in the healing and salvation of God. God does not just heal and save us from something, but God also saves and heals us to something. I am reminded of a college student who had cancer as a child, and St. Jude Hospital was her salvation because she was healed from her cancer. So, her life of cancer camps, chemo treatments, and long stays in the hospital turned back into normal life…school, homework, graduation and then college where I met her. She struggled. She struggled with seeking attention because she went from the very special child to just another student. She shared with me in private conversation that many of the friends she made in cancer camps had died and so she struggled with survivor remorse. You see, at the end of her journey of healing and salvation was…well, normalcy.
God’s healing and salvation does not end in normalcy. The Bible refers to those who are saved and healed as “children of God,” “masterpiece,” “saints,” “citizens of heaven,” “brothers and sisters,” “priesthood,” and “bride of Christ.” We are healed and saved TO participate in the Kingdom of God…the reign of Jesus Christ, which goes beyond this life into eternal life, and peers above the structure of this world into the spiritual world of heaven. So, with this as a background, we should be able to understand what it means to be TRULY healed and TRULY saved.
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.