16-17That evening a lot of demon-afflicted people were brought to him. He relieved the inwardly tormented. He cured the bodily ill. He fulfilled Isaiah's well-known sermon: He took our illnesses, He carried our diseases. (Matthew 8:16-17 The Message)
He relieved the inwardly tormented. He cured the bodily ill. He took their illnesses and carried their diseases. Look at all the action words here:
Relieved - he eased their burden and released them from their oppression.
Cured - he restored to health what once was plagued with disease and death.
Took - he brought into his own hands, his own possession their illnesses.
Carried - he became the bearer of their torment.
The inwardly tormented (those with oppressed and depressed thoughts) were given a new outlook on life - released to begin to live without the burden which had tormented them for so long. The bodily ill restored to health - certainly the great hope of all with debilitating disease.
I shared a short time back about a young gentleman - a father of two - who fought valiantly with colon cancer and lost the battle this past year. As you will recall, his own personal testimony was the closeness he learned with Jesus in the midst of the fight. We may never understand the totality of what is accomplished in the point between the "God heal me" pleas until the last breath is breathed. I don't know why some are healed and others continue in their struggle with ravaging disease - but God knows what is transpiring in between the two points between "God heal me" and the very last breath we each shall breathe on this earth.
This is what we hold onto in the midst of disease. This is what we count on when tides just don't seem to turn. God is in control - every step of the way. I cannot know fully the depths of all he accomplishes - but I can trust fully in the promises of deliverance. So, regardless of the immediacy of the outcome, I encourage those who need his healing to come, just as these did those many years ago. Bringing inward torment, bodily disease, illnesses without name - looking into his eyes, beholding his grace, and living in his peace. In the midst of the "fight" perhaps our greatest "deliverance" comes in the "yielding" of our spirits to his control.
In the midst of your fight today, just know I am praying for you! I may not know you all by name, but God does! As I write today, I hold you each before him - may he bless you IN the fight!