After 38 years of the same thing day in and day out, a man found himself at a crossroads. He could continue to sit in the same community wishing for a different life, or he could choose to get up today and create a new pattern.
He looked up and listened intently to the question, “Do you want to be well?” His initial response was that he wanted to be well, but he had no one to help him into the healing pool. So he felt stuck.
But, then, the man they called Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” (John 5:6–8)
He could be healed—that very day.
And so he, Simeon, was healed.
One moment changed that man’s life forever.
The Bible talks a lot about healing, and the truth is: God can heal you anywhere you hurt. He can heal you physically, like Simeon in John chapter 5, and God can also heal you emotionally, spiritually, relationally, financially. You name it. God can heal it.
Simeon had been unable to walk for 38 years, and Jesus still healed him. It’s never too early to start healing a hurt, and it’s never too late to get on the healing pathway. Just because you’ve been hurt doesn’t mean you have to stay hurt. No matter what you’ve been through, there are people who have been been through the same or even greater pain, and today they are healed and healthy!
Everyone feels pain at some point, and some hurts are more painful than others. Pain will always change us—but only you can decide how it’s going to change you. If it’s painful, it will pass, but you will be different! You get to choose how it changes you. Will you get bitter or better? Will you get weaker or stronger? You can come out of pain with a chip on your shoulder blaming God, or you can come out of it with an attitude of thanking God. You can be defeated by it, or you can come out of it with new dreams, new visions, new confidence.
God never promised that we wouldn’t have heartache and pain. Pain is unavoidable but staying hurt is optional. The good news is: God promises to heal us.
Psalm 34:18 (ESV) “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in Spirit.”
Psalm 147:3 (ESV) “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Luke 4:18 (NKJV) Jesus said, “He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.”
When the Bible talks about brokenhearted, it applies to everyone who has been hurt and is hurting on the inside. He promised to be with us in all of it.
Have you experienced pain in your life? Are you trying to heal a hurt from your past? We all go through things in life that hurt and cause pain on the inside. Any of us can face things like rejection, abuse, abandonment, betrayal, the loss of people you love, bad relationships, or financial loss. Pain is unavoidable, but staying hurt is optional. We have to get the word out because so many people assume that once hurt means always hurt.
Consider if you are at a crossroads today. Ask yourself, “Do I want to be well?” If the answer is yes, then it’s time to say it. It’s time to build up your faith, get up, and do something to position yourself on a pathway of healing. You don’t have to stay hurt.