Living by Grace

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The Balm of Gilead

“Go up to Gilead and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt; in vain you will use many medicines; you shall not be cured.    Jeremiah 46:11

From as far away as Egypt people would travel to Gilead for healing—but it was only for the healing of their bodies. Egypt had needs greater than those of the body.

Jeremiah 8:22 indicates that the balm of Gilead was not sufficient for the deepest needs of the people of God.

Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughter of my people?

Throughout the centuries, people have gone to the wrong places for their inner healings. Unbelievers seek acceptance with God through such things as baptism, church membership, and attempting to live a good life. The needed healing comes only through Jesus.

Even those of us who have found Jesus as Lord and Savior know there is a healing we still need. We identify with the Apostle Paul when he wrote:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.  Romans 7:15

For our healing we go to Bible conferences, pray more, read our Bibles more, repent in tears, and try to go to greater depths of commitment and dedication.

But we have no victory over some sins and we continue in self-centered living.

The balm in the Gileads where we go for healing does not work. It is when we understand and begin to experience our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection that the healing process begins.