Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
“Is there no medicine in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?” (Jeremiah 8:22, NLT).
These are rhetorical questions. God is the Great Physician, and his grace is healing medicine. The people have wounded themselves with their worthless religion. Then they let their wounds fester by resisting the prophet’s call to repentance. Healing is unavailable to them because they will not seek the One who heals. Although his people could be redeemed, Jeremiah mourns because they will not turn to the Redeemer and be healed.
Do I mourn the sad estate of those who resist the gospel? These passages call me to greater compassion for the lost and to great hope for their healing. No circumstance, sin, addiction, or depravity is beyond the healing power of the God I serve. Rather than look away or pass judgment, I need to pray. Jesus has promised to draw all people to him through his death (John 12:32). Life can begin with a simple acceptance of his grace.
Father, create in me compassion for your wounded world. Draw my lost friends and family members to you. Forgive me for withdrawing, passing by on the other side, and passing judgment. Fill me instead with courage to share the great hope of your Son’s triumph over sin and his power to heal and to forgive. Thank you for healing and forgiving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.