The Lord Our Healer!

Exodus 15:26
“If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give heed to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I put upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD, your healer.”

One of the works of God is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.  Some people have the notion that the God of the Old Testament was big in the “afflicting the comfortable” department while the God of the New Testament is more of a “comfort the afflicted” kind of God.  But this is, of course, to totally forget that there is only one God and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  The God of the Old Testament was Israel’s healer.  The God of the New Testament “has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, He has put down the mighty from their thrones” (Luke 1:51-52).  In all this, His goal was the same: the salvation of the world.  Ultimately, His desire is “for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).  Today, seek the Lord, your healer.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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