‘Some became fools through their rebellious ways’ Psalm 107.17
This next category of people whom the Lord helps is those who have played some part in their current affliction and are described as being rebellious. Perhaps they made a conscious choice to walk in a way that was contrary to what God desired.
We might imagine that such people would be judged for their attitude, but the reality is that God shows great mercy to them, and even seems to throw a lifeline of grace. We read in verse 20, ‘He sent out his word and healed them’. He did not condemn them, nor make them suffer for their rebellion, but rather gave them something that would change them and cause them to find for themselves the unfailing love of God.
Some of the most beautiful words that Jesus spoke to us in our need are the words from Matthew 11.28: “Come to me . . . and I will give you rest.” If you are struggling because you have taken a turn away from God, for whatever reason, he is waiting for you. Rather like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, he is waiting to welcome you back, restore your sense of his delight in you and help you find the joy of living in your Father’s house again.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission