#NamesofGod2014 // Volume IV

Friends! Another week has passed with our Bible study! You know, even if you're not reading the book with us, I'd love for you to read our posts and discuss your thoughts. 

How has your week been? I hope the answer is a good one! Have you enjoyed this week's study? As we get deeper and deeper into this book, I grow to love it a little more. Some of Arthur's words/commentary is a little over my head some days, but it challenges me to look up the background story, read more of the Bible, and push myself to learn a little more. I like that fact. 

Since we started this study, I've been looking forward to this section, because I knew the "Healer" section would come eventually. I love thinking of the Lord as our Healer--it's one of my favorite names and attributes of the God we serve.

Day 20 starts off with Arthur talking about "The Lord Who Heals" and all the wounds that the people of the world hold. This quote struck me deep and made me feel a little guilty: 
"We live in our own world--undisturbed, uninformed, and untroubled by realties that could demand our concern and attention as God's ambassadors of reconciliation." (Page 71)
Whoa, how true is that statement? As hard as that is to hear, she's so right. I absolutely live in my own world and prefer for it to stay that way most days--but what good is that doing His kingdom? If I don't stretch myself out of my own little bubble, I'm doing nothing to further His word and to make His name known. How can hurt people be touched by the Great Physician if I'm not telling them about Him? She goes on to say: 
"We want to be healed ourselves. But we do not want to be involved in others' healing." (Page 72) 
Why am I like that? Why do I naturally withdraw myself from situations? Is it just selfishness? Or fear of getting involved? If I'm truly a servant of Christ, I should be actively seeking those who are hurt and ministering to them. How will they know if we don't tell them? Community is such an important thing in the body of Christ, oh so important, y'all. 

Something that stuck out to me when learning about God being Jehovah-rapha was that I had such a small understanding of God's roles in healing...I often think when "healing" is mentioned that it translates to sickness or illness of the body. But God's healing goes so , so much deeper than that. After reading through 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Psalms, Matthew, etc, I realized that God heals all. Such an obvious statement, but God is the healer of sickness and illness of the body, of course, but also of sinfulness, heartbreak, emotional wounds, relationship issues, personal struggles, and on and on. His healing is infinite over the body, but also the spirit and soul, too. 

And guess what word shows up again in these studies? Obedience. Yep, that word that I struggle with. Health, healing, and obedience go hand in hand. Exodus 15:26 shows this. 

It's hard for me to grasp the section where Arthur talks about the correlation between sinfulness and sickness. I like to think that sickness is random and just happens, but we all know that God has complete control and allows things to happen or allows feelings to be felt sometimes because of our own sinfulness. I like to view God as only a kind and loving Lord, but He is also just and gives what is deserved sometimes too. I pray that I remember to deal with my own sinfulness first when I'm feeling hatred, anxiety, or other sicknesses of spirit.

Being a nurse (btw--didn't know Kay Arthur was a nurse, too!), I rely heavily on medicine and physicians and such to treat patients. I'm a person who believes that medicine and science is here for a purpose and for the most part, does great good in the world. But at the same time, as a Christian, I believe that the God that I serve goes beyond western medicine and can overcome any illness. HE is the Great Physician and Healer, above all else. Above any medicine or diagnosis we can give as medical professionals. And I'm thankful for that.

What did you learn this week in your studies? Did anything stick out to you that made you think a little deeper? Do you agree with Arthur that sinfulness and sickness are tied together? Why or why not? I can't wait to discuss with you, girls! Xoxo

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