Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Healing and Wholeness

Binu Daniel
St. John's MTC, NY

3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

Recently in NYC, there was a senseless fatal shooting of two NYPD officers.  The shootings were said to be one man's retribution for the unrelated deaths of other high profile shootings in NY and Ferguson, MO.  One of the officers, Rafael Ramos (40) was an active member of his church and studying to go into ministry after retirement.  He was married with two sons.  The other, Officer Wenjian Liu (32) was a newly wed, married for just 2 months.  Both were fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car.  Countless New Yorker's mourned and attended their funerals and then the families were left to heal.

We hear countless stories in the news and in our personal lives that we need to heal from.  It becomes even more challenging when we struggle to understand why it happened. What was God's purpose in all of this.    

After Job goes through the most horrendous crisis of his lifetime, in the final chapter, he humbles himself and acknowledges the greatness of God. Job admits he did not understand it all. He proclaims God's doing as "too wonderful for me".  Job acknowledges God's holy and perfect plan in comparison to man's foolish plan, however genius and logical it may seem.  

During Job's time of testing, he needed healing.  God in His wisdom knew what awaited Job at the end of his trail.  Even though Job understood none of it, God carried him through this time and gave him twice as much as he had before.  The final verses of Ch 42 paint a beautiful picture of wealth, family, and generations to follow.  Job Healed.  Healing came due to his praise for God, despite the evil God allowed upon him.  "Job died, old and full of days" (v.17).

Some of us are in need of healing now.  Lets praise God, even though we can't make sense of our situation.  Let's acknowledge that our God is an all knowing God and has a purpose in His divine wisdom for what we face.


Father, I'm in need of your healing touch.  There are things happening around me that I can't make sense of.  Thank you Father for being so wonderful and carrying me through these times.  Heal me Father and bring me to better days a head. Amen

God knows it all, heals it all and carries it all.

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