God brought us into this world - created in His own image. That image was marred by sin but God made a way to buy us back out of the slave market of sin and now, as His dear children, wants to recreate in us the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
If God wants to make us like Christ, then won’t he make a way for that to happen? He has!
In an excellent study by Dr. Robert McGee called Search for Significance there is a chapter called “The Process of Hope and Healing”. In it Dr. McGee talks about several factors that must exist in a person’s life before emotional healing can occur. They are…….
· relationships that affirm or make me feel good about myself
· right thinking
· the Holy Spirit’s power, strength, and wisdom
If any of these are missing, then the healing process will be slowed down if not stopped completely. These factors aren’t steps we can accomplish one right after the other. They are ingredients that promote healing when they all work together over a period of time.
We could compare it to baking a cake. We don’t throw the baking powder in the oven and wait a couple of hours and then toss in a couple of eggs and then after waiting another hour or so put the flour in. No, we stir all the ingredients together in a bowl and then put them in a pan in the oven.
If we left out any of the ingredients the cake would be flat or heavy or lack flavor or sweetness – in fact, it would be less than satisfying. But with all the needed ingredients in the pan and as we wait the appropriate time our taste buds are rewarded with a deliciously satisfying cake.
Likewise, we need all the aforementioned ingredients for good emotional, spiritual, relational health working together in our life at one time and we will be rewarded with a deliciously satisfying life. It makes me think of the verse, “O taste and see that the Lord is good!'
QUESTION: Which of the ingredients do you need to focus on to be able to better 'taste that the Lord is good'?