Travail For The Healing

October 12, 2012

She shall see the results of the travail of her soul. For although there is no hope with men, with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27) This is because we have a God who is “a God of forgiveness, who is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry, and unfailing in His loyal love.” (See Ne. 9:17)

But you have spurned this God and have shown Him contempt –even though you’ve known that “He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; He endured punishment that gave us healing, and because of His wounds we have been forgiven.” (See Isa. 53:5) You’ve known all this, yet still you choose to nail His hands and feet again and again. (Heb. 6:6)

So, God has trampled you in judgement (Hosea 5:11), torn you to pieces and gone away. (v. 14) He is ignoring your wailing, for you do not cry to Him from a heart of repentance. (7:14)

God had His messengers repeatedly strike you with His Word (Hosea 6:5) and His judgements flashed upon you (same verse), but “you made your heart as hard as flint and would not listen.” (See Zech. 7:12) So God has hurled you into the deep. (Jonah 2:3) There you will remain until you understand that the Most High is the Ruler over everyone, including you. (Dan. 4:32)

“‘I long to redeem you,’ the Lord says. ‘But you speak lies against Me. [See Hosea 7:13] I gave you skill and strength, yet you have continually used these to plot evil against Me. [See v. 15] How long will you be incapable of purity? [8:5] But, until you admit your guilt, and in your misery earnestly seek Me [5:15], your wounds will remain incurable [v. 13], your injury beyond healing. [Jer. 30:12] Because of your enormous guilt and your numerous sins I have afflicted you [see v. 15b], striking you as an enemy would. [See v. 14] Why then do you cry out concerning your untreatable pain? [See v. 15a] Do I not grant pardon and peace, comfort and forgiveness and healing to the one who returns to Me will a contrite heart?'” (See Isa. 57:15)

Therefore, turn! Turn and repent! Stop running, stop hiding, “stop with the oppression, the pointing finger, and the malicious talk” (see Isa. 58:9b) and look within your own heart. See and acknowledge the darkness and bitterness and poison there, and cry out to the Lord before it’s too late –before you are rejected forever! (Heb. 12:14-17)

Has your sin been worth it? What have all your efforts accomplished for you? Where have your pursuits taken you? Only further into the mire; and your feet have sunk down in so that you are completely bound, unable to move. (Lam. 3:7-9)

But if you would “repent, turn from your idols, renounce your loathsome deeds” (see Ezek. 14:6), “and get a new heart and a new spirit” (18:31), the Lord who has torn you Himself (Hosea 6:1), will Himself bind up your wounds (same verse), revive you, restore you, and let you live in His beautiful Presence. (v. 2)

For there is no God like ours, who pardons sin and forgives transgressions, who does not stay angry forever, and who delights to extend mercy (Micah 7:18) and compassion, casting away our iniquities so that no trace of them is left. (See v. 19)

Then there will truly be praise coming from those who were in mourning. (Isa. 57:19) For the one who was far away will finally draw near to the Lord (same verse); he will no longer be God’s enemy, but will receive the reconciliation (Rom. 5:10,11), the peace with God (2 Cor. 5:18-20), and the righteousness that tramples the power and penalty of sin. (v. 21 // Micah 7:19 // Rom. 8:3,4)

Indeed, because of the great compassion of Him who was wounded… of Him who posts watchmen to intercede –ones who give neither Him nor themselves any rest until He saves (Isa. 62:6,7)… and because of His faithful, unfailing, and tender love (Lam. 3:22,32) “there may yet be hope.” (v. 29) “For the Lord does not reject forever. Though He causes grief, He then has compassion, according to the abundance of His loyal kindness.” (v. 31,32)

Without doubt, all who confess and renounce their sins will be given mercy. (Prov. 28:13) “‘For I am the God who forgives and heals,’ declares the Lord.” (See Isa. 57:15-19)

Therefore, she who has travailed, she who has knelt unceasingly before the throne of mercy on your behalf… –she will one day reap the benefits of her labor, and see her children freed from their captivity (Jer. 31:15-17) –healed at last. (1 Peter 2:24,25)

with love,

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