Daily Devotional

Emotional Healing

by Simon Whitton

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:3-7 (NIV)

Jesus was innocent, and He shows us how to suffer with quiet trust in His Father.  His response to this horrendous situation at the hands of men, was silence.  'He did not open His mouth.'  He commits Himself into His Father's hands.  When He finally spoke on the cross, it was to speak words of life and forgiveness.

Traumatic events in our lives, or abuse we may have suffered at the hands of others, are often considered the cause of lasting emotional harm.  These painful times can produce a wide variety of extreme feelings, like fear, rejection, loneliness, guilt, anger, bitterness, self-pity and unforgiveness.

What the trauma has actually produced is sin in our life, because although these feelings may be understandable, they are rarely acceptable before a holy and righteous God.  So even though we may have been innocent victims, the trauma of the event can often cause us to react with sin.

It is the deep-rooted effects of this sin that causes many people to suffer long-term problems with those emotions, and perhaps additional issues with depression, relationships, addictions, and a host of other residual effects.  But the most serious consequence of sin is that it separates us from our Heavenly Father.

This separation is serious because in our relationship with God, His love is able to protect us from harm.  We are able to take shelter in His presence where He hides us and keeps us safe.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)

However, when we react impulsively and fearfully to trauma, we can allow sin to separate us from our Father's protection, and we're left vulnerable to long-term emotional problems.  If you feel you've been harmed by past events, the good news is that a restored relationship with God can often result in emotional healing.

We all have gone astray, like sheep, each of us has turned to our own way and left the shelter of His protection.  But our sins, infirmities and sorrows were laid upon the Lamb, that we might find peace, be healed, and be restored to our Father.

Spend some time praying and confess any sins, especially unforgiveness, associated with past events. Thank God that He has never abandoned you.  His love was there for you even in your darkest hour.  Receive forgiveness, and ask Him to flood those wounded areas of your heart with His presence.

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