“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”Psalm 147:3
It’s called contracture. It can happen after you are immobilized in a cast for a broken bone, such as a wrist. The tendons may shorten and, along with the muscles, they become very stiff. Once the cast is removed, support is provided temporarily in the form of a brace, while the contractures are being worked out, stretched and the tissues are strengthened to once again be able to perform their functions.
It is shocking how quickly the limb becomes unable to do the things it used to do. Recently, I broke my wrist, and I was in a cast for only five weeks, and at least the same amount of time or more will be required for me to once again become supple and able to do the things I used to do with my hand. This will take persistence and a dedicated effort on my part.
This process caused me to ponder some similarities about the relationship that we have with God, how sin breaks that relationship and, spiritually speaking, how that binds us in a cast which causes contracture of our spiritual tissue. The longer we remain in the bondage of sin, the longer it will take us to get back the strength to do those spiritual things we used to do, such as prayer, worship, study of the Bible, service, fellowship, etc.
“Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”Isaiah 59:1-2
The most excellent news is that we have a great physician, our Lord Jesus, who can help us to heal. He is more than able to restore our relationship with him as Christians, and he can make our healing process complete. In my physical healing, there is a possibility that I will still have limits to my mobility, flexibility, and strength, but this is not how it works with Jesus. Jesus is in the restoration business, and he’s able to take us back to the perfect form and function that God always intended for us from the beginning.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17
This is the best news, in fact we call it the Good News, the gospel of Jesus and how he saves to the ultimate. If sin has bound you in a cast of brokenness, we invite you to come back to our Lord Jesus, he is always waiting to welcome you back into his arms.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”(Matthew 11:28-30
And if you have never known Jesus and his restoration, we invite you to come and see the Lord Jesus and take him up on his offer to heal and restore you.