November 27, 2021

Wholeness

Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
Psalm 17:7
When we speak of God as Savior, what we mean is that in God we find wholeness. When we are threatened physically, wholeness might primarily mean that our lives are spared or that our body is preserved uninjured. This was often of prime importance in the Hebrew Bible, which contained struggles with external enemies.

But in the New Testament, wholeness is both physical and spiritual, and we find Jesus connecting the two. For example, how often, when Jesus heals someone's affliction, does he also forgive them their sin? 

Certainly when we face illness of physical threat, we should pray to God for deliverance. But for most people, the real problem is spiritual. Whether the threat is from without or within, we often find ourselves separated from the Divine. There is no single prescription that will create the same feeling of wholeness in each individual. The key is communication with God and a community of love. 

When in need, may I never hesitate to turn to my Savior, and may I not neglect the beloved community in which God has placed me.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
No matter what I lack or how I feel, may I seek my wholeness in you, O God of my salvation.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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