And [God] said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. ~~ Exodus 15:26 (KJV)
This passage occurs just after God has led the Israelites through the Red Sea and destroyed the horses and chariots of Pharoah behind them. Why is he saying that He is the God who heals when He has just been the God who rescues?
Let’s go back a minute. The Israelites were completely trapped with the sea in front of them and the chariots of Pharoah hot on their heels. Destruction seemed certain. They were distressed, trapped, afraid. God opened the sea in front of them and drowned the enemy behind them.
After rejoicing and singing about the salvation of the Lord, they went on their way and came to bitter water. Immediately they went back to grumbling and complaining. Had they forgotten the power of the Lord that they had just witnessed? It seems that people have short memories when difficulties arise.
God showed Moses a tree to cast into the water, and immediately the water became sweet and drinkable.
This is a verse of promise. Promise is an “if – then” construction. If you do this, God will do that. If you will listen and do right, if you will hear and obey, then God will heal all your diseases.
All your dis-eases. The dis-ease of fear, the dis-ease of hate, the dis-ease of trouble, the dis-ease of forgetfulness, and the dis-ease of ill health.
None of our diseases are beyond His help. We can rest in the knowledge that His will toward us is to make us hale and whole.
Your perfect will is the only thing we desire in this life. Help us to remember Your words and to walk in Your paths. Keep us ever vigilant to be obedient to the least prompting of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for wanting us well and whole.
In Jesus’ most precious name.