“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
As believers, we must understand that we are not without trial. When we drop the “woe it’s me” tactic we can see that everything in our lives contributes to our testimony. Consider your brokenness. First, consider how you’ve had many attempts at putting yourself back together. Pieces are falling apart, and others won't stick. Now consider the brokenness that God has healed for you. I’ve realized that as I continue to grow some pieces required a little smoothing out. The sharp pieces that caused so much damage served their purpose. God had to break me down to work on that specific area by the piece. This was only after it exposed its required area. Self-healing helped me hide my brokenness while his power healed my brokenness. The scriptures tell us that “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” (Hosea 6:2). When someone undergoes surgery to remove cancer, they experience a temporary breaking. This breaking allows the doctor to remove the damaged area so that it does not spread. The individual is closed and set for recovery. Upon the completion of the healing process, the functions of said area are expected to return. Some might even say that they can function better after the healing. Everyone heals at a different speed. Don’t count the days make the days count! You will be healed! You will be restored in his presence.
Claim it even as you get on the spiritual operating table. You know the credentials of your healer! Hosea had confidence in the God we serve. Though you may feel like he’s shredded you to pieces he will heal you!! Every piece of your brokenness will be made beautiful. Your pain has a purpose. Every tear has a purpose.
Hosea 6: 3
3 Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth”
It’s the “press” for me.
Press: move or cause to move into a position of contact with something, apply pressure
I am so grateful for the little bit of press that I always seem to have left. Some seasons have been more intense than others. There have been times that I went to sleep for dinner and bathed in the sink. I’ve been to the point of using candles to maneuver around the house because our electricity was out. There have been times that I’ve convinced myself that quitting was the only option. These times did not take me out! God gave me this press that kicks in when I need it the most. My press has led me to pick up my bible when I just wanted to soak in sorrow. My press gave me the strength to raise out of my sinking mindset. The press of all presses led me to pray when I wanted too wild out. We all have the press. If we did not, we would not be here today. Put yourself in the position to encounter God. Put yourself on the alter! I mean your entire being .. all things concerning you!
When life is overwhelming, you feel stuck, your pain eclipses the face of God, or your just fed up I encourage you to just stop and breathe. Allows your mind to fixate on his presence. Let’s control our perspective. Pain is an identifier that you are still alive. This is enough to thank God for! Pain indicates an opportunity for healing, deliverance, and expansion. You were chosen to carry that pain for you to exemplify his glory. All things are working together for your good. Believe it!