Life brings its share of wounds, heartache and disappointments. No therapist, no psychologist, no physician can dig into your heart and heal your wounds. They can certainly help you find a sense of peace and comfort, but they cannot heal you – only God can do that. In Ex. 15:26 the Lord tells us,
“For I, the Lord am your Healer.” In Luke 4:23
Jesus refers to Himself as a Physician. What this means is that we can come to Christ and find the healing we so desperately long for.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can receive all the healing that we need.If you were to go into surgery for cancer you would want to be sure that all of it was removed. You know that if even a little is left it can grow and put you back into surgery. The same is true for spiritual wounds. When we are only partially healed then the door for ongoing problems is wide open. One of the greatest tools God gives us is the Balm of Gilead. The Balm of Gilead was an actual healing salve during ancient biblical days. It was used for various purposes – to protect one’s eyes and skin from the desert sun, to moisten skin and to heal wounds. We no longer have access to that multi-purpose balm. We now have something supernatural that can heal where no physician can – the Balm of Gilead through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said that He would be our Balm of Gilead. He said that He would go to the very depth of our pain and suffering and begin to heal what no physician can reach. Jesus said that He would be that salve of supernatural healing so that we would never have to relive those painful words, accusations, abuses, slanders, memories or any other wound which we have ever experienced.
The first time someone prayed the Balm of Gilead over me my life was dramatically changed. Many years ago I had gone through a difficult time of rejection. When I was sharing this with a friend she offered to pray for me. As she began she said “Balm of Gilead we now ask you to heal Jackie of past wounds and rejections, heal her heart and her mind.”
I immediately felt a tremendous sense of peace and healing. I felt something I had never experienced before. The very depth of my heart had been touched with the healing power of God.
We all get hurt, misunderstood, rejected and offended – it is just part of life.
It happens on an ongoing basis. Without healing, hurts fester. Without healing we become bitter, wounded people. Often we then become the one hurting others.
You and I need the Balm of Gilead every day.