A free daily devotional from Mountain View Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Monday, March 23, 2020
Daily Devotion: Healing Grace
Bible Reading: Lamentations 2:8-13
Key Verse: Verse 13 - “What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?”
Key Words: who can heal thee
As you read Lamentations chapter two beginning in verse eight, you will find Jerusalem in a terrible state. Her walls are destroyed (verse 8). Her gates are fallen (verse 9). Their houses are destroyed (verse 11). People are fainting in the streets (verse 11). Their food source is depleted (verse 12). Then the Lord asks, “Who can heal thee?” And they DO need healing!! The answer of course is God can heal. He often allows us to go through hard situations to draw us close to Him again.
A lady saw a ranger handling a three-hundred-pound loggerhead sea turtle. These are huge turtles, these loggerheads by the sea, and this particular turtle was just laying eggs. She became somewhat disoriented, and began walking in the wrong direction, not toward the sea, but farther into the sand dunes. So the ranger came and pried her from the ground, flipping her over onto her back. The ranger put chains around the loggerhead’s legs, hooked it onto his vehicle, and drug it back to the sea.
When he finally got to the edge of the water, he unhooked the animal, the loggerhead saw where it was, and it went out into the sea. I’m sure, when the loggerhead was being chained and dragged, it was hard for it to understand what was happening.
Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you are being killed or saved by the hand of the one turning your life upside down. When you are on your back being turned every which way but loose, you don’t know whether God is doing you in or delivering you. When He puts you to lie there, you don’t know which way is up, and you are lying flat on your back. Guess what? Sometimes God makes us to lie down. God will take the credit for putting us on our backs to fix whatever is wrong and make us totally anemic within ourselves. He will put us in a place where there’s only room for one God.
What to do:
✞ Who can heal thee? God! Turn to Him.
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