This week I was also meditating on my favorite book, the Bible. I was reading about the "woundedness" of the people Israel. Israel had rejected God, so God allowed them to suffer the consequences of their sin. He allowed Israel to be destroyed as a nation. They were separated spiritually, "your sins have hidden his from you so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2b)" However, the story does not stop there. I am now reading of God's healing of that nation. He promises to restore them. They will no longer be wounded.
Then two streams of thought came to mind from Scripture:
1) God wounds and God heals. We may experience woundedness for different reasons in the Scripture; such as, a result of our own sin or choice, a result of the sin or choice of another, a result of living in this sinful world, and so forth. Ultimately, since God allows pain in this world, some Scriptures say, "God wounds." These same Scriptures often offer hope, "he heals." Thus, we have a God who wounds and a God who heals. Here are a few of these Scriptures to ponder:
Deut. 32:39 NIV, "See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand."
Job 5:17-18 NIV, "Blessed is the man who God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal."
Hosea 6:1-3 NIV, "Come let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge (know) the Lord, let us press on to acknowledge (know) him."
(See also, Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 30:26; Jeremiah 30:17; stories of Jesus, and the hope of heaven in Revelation 21-22)
2) Our healing comes from God's wounds. In the classic passage of Isaiah 53:5:
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
1 Peter 2;24 NIV, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
This passage describes what Jesus Christ has accomplished for us. He came to bring us wholeness and peace. He came to heal the broken. We see that in the encounters of Jesus with wounded people; we see that in his mission statement in Luke 4:18-19; we see that in heaven as described by Revelation 21-22.
I did not tell the wounded person these thoughts nor these Scriptures. These thoughts came after our conversation. However, I did leave this person of faith with three Scriptures to ponder in their woundedness:
Philippians 4:19 NIV, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
2 Corinthians 12:9, "But he said to me, "My grace is suffiicient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Read 2 Cor. 12:7-10 for context.
John 16:33 NIV, "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."