April 22, 2013
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Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you (2 Chronicles 20:17).
In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength (Isaiah 30:15).
Five and a half years ago I became aware of a deterioration in my vision. The diagnosis was macular degeneration, the fast-acting wet form. There was a treatment that had recently become available, but it involved injecting a medication directly into the eyeball. I did not like the idea, but the alternative was vision loss that would deprive me of the ability to read or drive a car. Over the next few years I had numerous injections, in both eyes. The doctor was very good at what he did, smooth and quick. I knew the medicine would work, but there was that brief instant when he would take a needle and poke it into my eye that I would gladly have avoided. But that short-lived pain is what it took to get the medicine to the source of the problem.
After a few injections I knew the pain did not last long and the injection site would heal rapidly. One time, I persuaded myself that the injection was no big thing, I could just relax, let the doctor do his thing, and all would be well. When the needle went in, I gave a little jerk. No real harm was done, it took the eye maybe an extra day to heal, but I realized that thinking that I could just sleepwalk through the treatment was not a good idea. Neither would I ever be able to give myself the injection.
I believe it is the same way when we are in need of spiritual healing, whatever the need might be. We cannot heal ourselves, we must go to the Great Physician. We know from past experience that God’s fire will bring cleansing and healing, yet we instinctively dread it. It does not come naturally to hold still. “Holding still” requires that I be a willing participant, both for the physical and the spiritual healing.