“He heals the
broken hearted and binds up their wounds”
Last week, in a
meeting a few cities away, I listened to three people who were at
very different places in God’s healing process. The four of us were
gathered around a small table, and they shared, one at a time.
The first was
George, who was ecstatic, as he told about God healing him of a
massive heart attack, just one week prior to the meeting we were
attending. Incredibly, 25% of his heart was denied 100% of its
needed blood, for a period of four hours. George, a retired
Principal of a school, had been hiking at the time of the heart
attack, and it took four hours to get him to a hospital.
He KNEW in his “heart”
(the center of his being), that his physical heart would not be
damaged. He had a “peace” inside
him that was not shaken at all by circumstances, which, without the
“peace,” would have been
terrifying. But not George at that moment, for God was with him,
and he was able to TRUST in the Lord.
insisted, “You have severe heart damage…
We just haven’t found it yet.” They still haven’t found it,
after many, many tests, over a number of days. We listened to
George as he told of his deliverance. There was a new LIFE to him,
and he was ready to tell his experience to ANYONE who would listen!
then spoke of his granddaughter, Kalee, who is now three years old.
As he told of her, his obvious love was reflected in shining eyes
and a somewhat husky voice. The doctors said she would be “blind
before she’s twelve.” Kalee is able to see with thick
glasses, but the family had been assured that “no
improvement is possible.” If she wears the glasses,
something close to normal vision occurs, but if they are taken off,
her eyes begin to cross and she “sees
four of everything.”
Kalee has an
uncle who is well-off financially and pledged “any”
money for her. Pastor Larry and others gave their prayers for this
little girl. Many doctors disagreed about the cause of her problem
and Kalee has, in spite of the doctors, shown improvement. Though
it is as improbable as George’s perfect heart, Kalee is somewhat
Tim then spoke
in a soft voice, revealing he had just received news from his doctor
that he “had an abnormal EKG” and has “a
50% chance of a stroke in the next decade.” Tim needs your
prayers, as does Kalee, and if you wouldn’t mind, pray for George,
Here were three
people, at three very different places in the healing process.
George is vibrant and excited, for it certainly appears that God has
wonderfully healed this man, after first telling him what He was
going to do.
Kalee is also
one of God’s miracles, for if the doctors couldn’t agree about
anything else, they certainly did agree that no improvement was
possible. She HAS improved and continues to improve at this time.
Tim is right at
the point that Kalee’s family was, a few years ago. Tim’s news
would shake anyone, and he does not know what the outcome will be.
One thing for sure, he will reach out and hold on to God, in ways he
has not previously known. George, Kalee and Tim have a common
denominator – the Holy Spirit of God is with them all.
For a long time,
I've been fascinated by the crippled beggar outside the Temple in
Jerusalem. He was "lame from his mother's
womb" (Acts 3:2) and he "was over
forty years old" (Acts 4:22).
"They laid (him) daily at the Gate
of the Temple which is called 'Beautiful'".
Jesus, who was often in the Temple, went by many times and no
healing was apparently offered to this man.
He must have
noted that others were healed by Jesus, and may have thought, "Well,
there's nothing here for me" (in the ministry of Jesus),
perhaps deciding "There is something
about me that is displeasing to God." But God knew his
At just the
right moment, Peter walked by the beggar (who was hoping for money -
Acts 3:5), looked at him and said, "'Silver
and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.'
And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up; and immediately
his feet and ankle bones received strength" (Acts 3:6-7).
Healing is offered to you, as well. But note that you have a need
in life that is much greater than any "healing" to your body.
wrote, "I was riding home after a heavy
day's work. I felt very wearied, and sore depressed, when swiftly
and suddenly as a lightning flash, it came to me, 'My
grace is sufficient for thee' (2 Corinthians 12:9),
and I said, 'I should think it is, Lord,'
and burst out laughing. I never fully understood what the holy
laughter of Abraham was until then. It seemed to make unbelief so
absurd. It was as though some little fish, being very thirsty, was
troubled about drinking the river dry, and the river said, 'Drink
away, little fish, my stream is sufficient for thee.'"
heart has been healed, little Kalee's eyes are showing improvement,
and Tim may or may not be saved from a stroke, but God's grace is
offered to them all. God “heals the broken
hearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:2) – the
promise is for you right now. But, “healing” in this world is only
for a time. You need more.
Will you have
His grace, His healing inside, which will last forever? Father, I
receive Your Son, Jesus Christ. Forgive me and heal my broken
heart. I do not insist on some mere outward answer to my problems,
but unreservedly trust in You now. Fill me with Your Spirit. Let
me follow You for all eternity. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries
Tel: (562) 688-5559
PO Box 92131
Long Beach, CA 90809-2131
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"