Daily Devotional – 2/9/17 “Stop running and heal!”

Yesterday I told you that you are wounded but not out. And this is true, if you stop running. I know you made excuses but the fact still remains, you are wounded. I don’t care how you cover it up, you’re wounded. It doesn’t matter how fancy you dress it, you’re wounded. You can talk with the big, fancy words, you’re wounded. Work at the prestigious job, still wounded. Own your own business, wounded. Pastoring a church, still wounded. Married or dating, yep you are still wounded. And your wound won’t go away simply because you’ve covered it. If anything, you are making it worse. See, when you have a wound, the doctor sometimes tell you to apply some ointment but leave it uncovered. This is because covering a wound allows a scab to grow quicker and although a scab closes off the wound to protect it from infection, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is healing. Think about it. Have you ever removed a scab only to find the wound isn’t healed? That’s due to the scab slowing the growth of new skin cells needed to heal the wound properly. You don’t have to believe me, look it up. When all you really need to do is clean it, apply some ointment and leave it open. Ok, you don’t want folk to know you have open wounds but aren’t you tired of buying bandages that aren’t helping?

Look, you don’t have to broadcast your wounds but it’s time you stop running from relationship to relationship, from church to church, from apartment to apartment, doctor to doctor and bed to bed. Stop running every time your feelings get hurt, it’s time you get healed. And the first step is acknowledging you have a wound. Next, you clean it by washing away folk and things who can potentially infect it. Next you add the oil of prayer and fasting that prevents harmful particles from getting in. And then you follow that up with connecting to someone who has access to refill your oil when it gets low. This can only happen when you stop running and hiding. And you will but it’ll only happen when you get tired of bandaging the same wound that’s been bleeding for 15 years. It is then you’ll become like Jonah who was tired of being tossed around in the belly of darkness, reaching for protection but not finding it and peeking into the face of death and he knows your name. It is then you’ll stop running and start crying out for the bible says in Jonah 2:1-2, “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me!” You’re wounded and not out but you are also not healed.

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