“I am the Lord who heals you…” (Exodus 15:26b)
When your heart is shattered, there is one truth you need to hold on to: God loves you unconditionally.
It’s true: Satan’s lies can greatly sway you and me during those vulnerable moments. But regardless of our weakness and fears, God does hear us when we call for his help. We need to hold on to this important truth.
Yet in a traumatized state, we may not—or cannot—comprehend the depths of God’s unconditional love. To help us experience God's love and prepare our hearts for his life-changing healing, we must first know him.
May I introduce you to my friend God?
God created us with an innate desire to know and love him. While this desire will last eternally, trauma can shock it into temporary dormancy.
So who is God? Through his inspired Word, he tells us. In the Bible, we find God has many names that identify his nature and character. These names clarify why he heals.
Elohim means “God Almighty, one true God.” It denotes God’s supernatural, creative power. Elohim or “El” can be combined with other words to emphasize attributes of God.
Jehovah is the greatest name of God, which means, “I AM” God, "I AM" Lord. It implies the relationship of God to his creature, man. It comes from the Hebrew verb "YHVH" meaning “to be.” Jehovah is frequently used with other words to describe the covenant names of God, including:
Jehovah-Jireh means "the Lord who sees and provides."
Jehovah-Nisi means “the Lord is my miracle,” or “the Lord is my banner."
Jehovah-Tsidkenu means "the Lord who is our righteousness."
Jehovah-Shalom refers to "the Lord of peace.”
Jehovah-Rapha means “the Lord who heals you."
God’s names tell us that he is perfect, holy, all knowing, ever-present, the beginning and end of all things, the same, yesterday, today, and forever. While neither he nor his love ever changes, his love changes us from the inside out.
Who would want to make us holy, whole, and lovable? His name is God.
Why God Heals
Meet Jehovah-Rapha, or the God who heals.
If you are deeply wounded, you may ask: “Why would God heal me?"
1. God heals because he is The Healer—and because he loves you. He created you for his infinite love. In Jeremiah 31:3, God says to you, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
2. God heals in response to his promises. In Jeremiah 30:17a, God says to you, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.” Think about it: Jesus dedicated much of his ministry to healing diseased bodies and broken hearts.
3. God heals when you demonstrate faith—even a smidgen the size of a mustard seed. Matthew 9:22 tells of a woman hemorrhaging for twelve years. As Jesus walked by, she touched the hem of his garment. Jesus turned and said, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you.” By faith, she reached out and was healed instantly. God responds to faith.