The children of Israel were fresh out of Egypt and had just come through the parted Red Sea. Moses was leading them through the desert towards Mt Sinai in Exodus 15. They had been three days without fresh water and the water they found was bitter. They began grumbling to Moses and accused him of bringing them out into the desert to die. Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a piece of wood and instructed him to throw it into the bitter water. The water miraculously became sweet and they could quench their thirst. The Lord took this opportunity to remind the Israelites of His Covenant with them. “There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, 26 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 keep 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.” Exodus 15:25-26 God promised to be their healer if they would listen and obey. Later in Deuteronomy Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s promises to them after the 40 years in the wilderness. “14 You shall be blessed above all peoples. 15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. ” Deuteronomy 7:14-15 They were following God’s pathway into a desert and God promised to keep them well. Through obedience they would not suffer diseases they had had while in Egypt nor would the be sick on the journey. I AM your Healer. The Hebrew is Jehovah Rapha- the God who heals.
Where do you need God to be your healer today? Do you have relationships that have fallen apart, are you ill in mind or body, are you lonely or heart broken? God promises to be our healer if we turn to Him in faith. Here are some verses to encourage you today to greater faith in our Healing God.
Psalm 103:2-3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,”
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Let the Lord be your healer today- He alone is the God who Heals.