Being sick is one of the most miserable things. Whether it is a little head cold or significant illness, you end up feeling like garbage and helpless because there is not anything you can do to change it. Recently, my family has experienced a lot of sicknesses. Between my wife, my mom, my sister, and even my dog, someone always seems to be experiencing a major issue. Illness has a way of affecting those around us as well. It leaves us broken and hurting for those whom we love that are sick.
Recently, Psalm 147:3-4 has been an encouragement to my family and me, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.”
It seems like a simple concept, but so often in the face of turmoil, we seem to forget it. Sickness has a way of throwing a wrench in our families’ ordinary. One diagnosis can turn our family normal from band concerts and date nights to hospital waiting rooms and doctor visits. This verse reminds us of a couple of things. First, God can heal the sickness with which we are dealing. Second, God can comfort those of us that are defeated because those that we love are dealing with sickness. God is big enough to deal with the physical and emotional hurts that we are experiencing. He is in control of everything, even naming the stars, and we have to remember that when we worry about what He has in store.
Every time I wrestle with the stress of sickness in my family, it just reminds me of our need for Christ. In Matthew 9:12-13, it says, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
We were all once sick with sin, and we need Jesus every single day to help nurse us to health. We may not all be dealing with someone in our family that is incredibly sick, but we are all dealing with the effects of sin in our lives. Whether we are watching a loved one wrestle with sickness or dealing with the occasional cold, we all need to remember the healing power of the Gospel. God is in control of it all, and we need Him to bind our wounds, heal our broken hearts, and save us from sin.