Today’s Text: Psalm 38
Friends, we’re a sick bunch.
The world is moving faster and faster each day, and it’s getting easier and easier for us to become distracted from our afflictions. In a world with online doctors, it’s easy to get a quick diagnosis for each physical scrape, bump, and ache. It’s almost just as easy to find some pill or therapy to “fix” each ailment.
But when it comes to our souls, friends, can we do the same? When was the last time you took inventory of the health of your soul?
A sick soul is a sin-full soul, and each of us has one.
In Psalm 38, you can see David on his knees facing his sickness, his sins, head on. He makes no excuses as he names each and every one of his sins and lays them out for the Lord to examine. David knew something that we often forget–if you don’t name your sins, they can take root deep in your soul.
Unlike our physical health, our soul health can be more daunting to address and maintain. There are no pills to cure us, no surgeries to fix us. We have to look outside of the clinics and pharmacies. We have to fight through a culture that sometimes tells us it’s all in our heads.
It can be overwhelming, and we can be easily discouraged. Our sins can isolate us from others because we can’t see past them. Like David, we can become paranoid that others lay in wait, hoping to trap and expose us. Over time, it can seem that we are so sick, we may never recover. We can be discouraged, and we will forget how to move through the darkness.
Friends, don’t lose hope that we can find relief.
God did not bring us to this place of poor health, but he can bring us through it.
We are children of a mighty and loving Creator who loves us and wants to help us through our troubles if we only ask him. We must surrender our sicknesses to Him who can provide us with the only healing that can cure our souls. We need to take responsibility for our sins and acknowledge our inability to be made whole without His mercy. We need to recognize that our sins are more than simple mistakes, but instead are offenses against the very one who loves us most. Our imperfect will rebels in the face of our Beloved, and yet He still shares his perfect grace with us.
As we continue to journey toward the cross this Lent, let’s remember to take time to surrender our sins to the only one who can help us become whole.
Friends, we’re a sick bunch–but we can have hope.
This post was written as an exercise for #SheReadsTruth, an online community of women spending time together each day in the Word. During the season of Lent, the community is being challenged to spend time researching and reflecting on specific text that will culminate weekly with a devotional shared with the entire community to supplement the Lenten devotionals prepared by the #SheReadsTruth team.