Through His bruises we get healed.
Everyone gets wounded. By virtue of the fact that we are human, we all have been in one way or another cut to the bone. You can’t always see these wounds on the outside because we try very hard to hide them. We cover them over with cold duty, professionalism or even behind a plastic smile . . . Yet we hemorrhage from the inside.
There are many kinds of wounds. There are Family wounds, Verbal wounds, Rejection wounds, Spiritual wounds . . .Too numerous to count. Each wound mars the image of God in us – distorting the person we are supposed to become.
Wounds can leave us feeling raw on the inside, like a fresh cut that is sensitive to the slightest touch. They can also make it difficult to receive love, or even lead us to wound others. Whatever the consequences, the fallout from being wounded is the opposite of spiritual health and wholeness. When wounded, it becomes easy to react out of our wounded-ness instead of healed scars. We become like a wounded animal who is more dangerous when it’s hurt then when it’s whole. So how do we become whole?
We must go to the One who made us. God made us and is the only one who can fix us . . . So becoming whole begins with Him.
We must ask the Holy Spirit to change the way we see God. Our wounds become aggravated when our view of God becomes distorted: “He is angry with me.” . . . “He let this happen.” . . . “He let them die.”. Our spiritual vision must be corrected to understand Isaiah 53:5 “Through His bruises we get healed”.
Reading the Word and speaking it helps to change your view as it renews your mind. Understanding that “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Thankfulness is also something that also applies salve to all wounds. It’s impossible to be thankful and at the same time be unforgiving, unloving, or resentful. The opposite of thankfulness is darkness of the heart. Our thoughts become vain (ungrateful, angry, inaccurate) about God and life in general.
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).
But when we read chapters like Isaiah 53, it helps reset our thinking. This will turn our wounds into scars.
I carry the scar of betrayal in my life – something I experienced many years ago, but it’s no longer an open festering wound that is painful to the touch because I am healed from it. If it were still a wound, I would not be able to help those who suffer rejection. The wound has healed, and the scar indicates the healing.
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.