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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 19)

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With His Stripes We Are Healed.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isa 53:4-9

 

Isa 53:4-9 (KJV)  4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5) But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.

 What a blessing it is for us to enjoy the physical and mental health that our Lord has so graciously given to us.  My Father used to always tell me that no matter how our health may be failing us… “Just look around, there is ALWAYS somebody worse off than us.”  Over the course of my life, I have found this to be a very true statement. We all have a certain degree of mental and physical health to enjoy, and therefore, we all owe the Lord thanks for the health that we have been given.

 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The blessings that we receive in this life, and the next, all flow through the work of Jesus on the cross.  Some of these blessings include the eradication of: the calamities of life, the physical and emotional pains of life, our sins, the judgment of our sins, as well as our physical sicknesses and afflictions.
His death is an absolute victory, therefore, everything in the above list will be done away totally when we enter into eternity (Rev 21:1-8).  But for now, while we are yet in our sinful flesh, every one of them still affects us and remains in our presence.  We still face calamities, pains of life, sin, chastening for sin, and physical sicknesses.  But we can rest assured, through the death of Christ, perfect, absolute, salvation from all these issues will take place in eternity.
Based upon the Lord’s sovereign will, and the work of Christ on the cross, He controls our physical and mental ills that we face.  He can choose to remove any given health issue but He does not promise He will remove every physical issue before eternity (Matt 4:23-25). Likewise there are times that He chooses to allow the affliction to remain upon us for His glory and our good (2 Cor 12:1-9).
Also we need to consider how often He sovereignly withholds a health issue from us, under which we would have otherwise suffered?  Every day, when we wake up and enjoy any level of heath, we should be a time of thanksgiving to God for the life and health He has given to us.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Why did He have to come and die?  It was because of the presence of sin in the world.  It was because of OUR sin that He suffered so brutally and died.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
In these verses we have a description of the great sacrifice He made on behalf of His people so that we might be saved.

Folks, with thankful hearts lets honor Him today for the health He has given to us.  And, most importantly, let’s thank Him for the great sacrifice He made on our behalf securing for us the eternal deliverance from our afflictions.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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14 Comments

  1. Indeed! Having been one of many who have stared death in the eye, I have no choice, but to thank God for health and strength.

    Thanks so much for sharing this delightful post Rob. It speaks to my soul by reminding me that I should never forget how God brought me out of a dire situation. May God richly bless you.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Noel,

      I am so thankful the Word has been an encouragement to you. I, too, have had alot of health issues throughout my life, but one thing is for sure….the Lord has used these for His glory and has been with me every step of the way. Lord bless you my friend.

  2. I am thankful that even though I went through such times of depression and then the MS…I knew that God was there with me…and when I look back I can see some of the reasons that I likely had to go through some of what I did…even though I did not understand it at the time….Dianec

    • Rob Barkman says:

      What a wonderful testimony…. to know the Lord was with you every step of the way, is a real blessing to me. Likewise, for you to be able to look back and see His purposes behind your sufferings is a wonderful blessing as well. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you. Rob

  3. Susan Michaels says:

    Oh, to have childlike faith to take hold 100% of the greatness of our Lord’s sacrifice and all that He won for us now…and forever. A prayer group I’m with has members who have faced troublesome health and others issues seemingly coming against us and ‘attacking’ out of nowhere…and the challenge of faith through it all has been to stand in hope that ALL of God’s healing power and renewal is ours. Thank you for this rock solid Word of God reminder that God is the same always — a God of healing and offering fullest redemption — in body, mind, spirit and substance.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Susan,

      You are so right, what a blessing it is to know that His work has been completed that secures our salvation and healing. One of the greatest blessings for me is to minister to those who have a strong faith, trusting Him every step of the way during times of trial. The greatest faith I have seen is when a person patiently waits for His healing touch realizing that He can heal them at any time. Then this faith is tempered with the realization that it may be for his good and God’s glory that the healing be delayed. What great faith! Lord bless you Susan, thanks for a great comment.

  4. Your post reminds me to continue in thanksgiving – daily. Although I did not like all parts of the movie, “The Passion”, it was overall very good at showing us just how severely Jesus suffered for us. Communion has never been the same, for me, since. My gratefulness for what He did was intensified after that movie and so was my acknowledgement of my contribution to those awful stripes that He bore! How can we help but love him in return?
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Wendy,

      It is just as you say… it is next to impossible to come to a full understanding of all He went through when He died on the cross for us. I agree fully, how can we not love Him in return for all He has done for us?

  5. Debbie says:

    So hard for me to think of what He did for us . ..thankful just doesn’t always seem to cover it! But I am thankful and praising Him for it all, and for covering my health the way He does. As a caregiver, I can’t have a lot of issues! :) He knows this and takes care of me. God bless you and thank you!

  6. Praising God for the COMPLETENESS of our salvation.
    The communists’ idea of Christianity as “pie in the sky when you die” is soooooo wrong. Yes, we do have that wonderful certainty, but Christianity is here and now and is an abundance of God’s blessings in all areas of life.

    I agree with Debbie – ‘thankful doesn’t cover it’

    What an amazing God!

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