How Jesus Makes Us Whole
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
When a physician heals a patient, he treats him externally and does something which, if possible, leaves his patient independent of his aid in the future. He restores him to perfect health and leaves him. The work of our Lord Jesus is in both respects the very opposite. Jesus works not from without, but from within, by entering into our very life by the power of his Spirit. And instead of rendering the patient independent of his future assistance, Christ’s one purpose in healing —His one condition of success— is to bring us into such dependence on Him that we are not able to do without Him for one single moment. Christ Jesus Himself is our life, in a sense that many Christians have no conception of.
Our prevailing weak and sickly life is entirely due to our lack of understanding of the divine truth. As long as we expect Christ to perform single, occasional acts of grace for us from heaven, trusting Him each time to give us something that will last a little while, we cannot be restored to perfect health. But when we see how nothing is to be our own for a single moment, everything is supposed to be Christ, when we learn to accept this from Him and trust Him for it, the life of Christ becomes the health of our soul. Health is nothing but life in its normal, undisturbed action. Christ gives us health by giving us Himself as our lives. In this way, He becomes our strength for our walk. Isaiah’s words find their New Testament fulfillment therein: “They that wait upon the Lord . . . shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV), because Christ is now the strength of their lives.
It is strange how believers sometimes think this life of dependence is too great a strain, and a loss of personal liberty. They admit a need for dependence, of much dependence, but with room left for their own wills and energy. They do not see that even partial dependence makes us debtors and leaves us nothing to boast of. They forget that our relationship to God, and cooperation with Him, is not that He does the larger part and we the lesser, but that God does all and we do all—God all in us, we all through God. This dependence on God secures our true independence.
- With what frequency do I expect God to act in my life?
- How does the amount of energy I put into my daily tasks reveal what I expect from the Lord?
Prayer: Father in heaven, I long to made completely healthy with the presence of Your Holy Spirit, but I lack the trust it requires to do this. Please forgive me for my lack of understanding of what You wish to do in my life, and do whatever is necessary to grow in me the faith required for a life of full spiritual health. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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