Most of my family has been sick at some point during the last month. We’ve had the sickness that lingers with fever and cough, leaving you exhausted for weeks. Even those that avoided this round of illness are tired. This week for the 52 Verses Challenge we will memorize Jeremiah 17:14, a reminder that healing comes from God.
This verse is set in a lament about the consequences of Judah’s sins. The nation had turned away from the Lord; now the people are instructed to write, in dramatic fashion, a list of their sins. This is to remind them of the serious consequences that come from trusting one’s own desires and turning away from the Lord. However, there is great blessing found in trusting the Lord and following His way.
Jeremiah 17:14 reminds us that healing and salvation come when we turn from our selves and fully surrender to the Lord. Healing is much more than physical. It involves our bodies, and illness, but extends to God setting right everything that is broken in our lives – body, mind, and soul.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.