The Restorer

January 19, 2017
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With the coming of winter in the north, the cold, dry air quickly takes its toll on a person's skin. One must learn to be prepared and diligent to prevent problems. So each winter, I begin to use moisturizer, especially on my hands and face, several times a day. In fact, I have moisturizer beside the kitchen sink, next to my favourite chair, in the night table drawer beside my bed, on my dresser, and in the bathroom beside the shower. I use it morning, noon, and night to avoid, as much as possible, dry, itchy skin, and especially very painful, cracked fingers and lips. The balm that I use refreshes, restores, and heals my skin and helps to prevent problems that the harsh winter air fosters.

This morning as I was reading my Bible and rubbing balm into my hands at the same time, I was once again reminded of how God's Word acts in a similar manner within our lives as moisturizer does upon our skin.

Proverbs 3:1-2 – My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. (NKJV)

Proverbs 4:20-22 – My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. (NKJV)

Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. (NKJV)

Yes, God's Word is able to refresh, restore, heal, and even keep us from falling into problems in our life as we read it and, through our relationship with Christ, learn to understand and constantly apply its truth.

So today, let's not wait for the harsh realities of this world to take their toll on us, before applying the Word of God to our lives. Rather, may we choose to be proactive and enjoy the blessings of our diligence day by day.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the healing balm of Your Word. Bless us with diligence as we seek to store it up in our hearts, that we might reap the reward of its power amidst the harsh and often damaging realities of life in this world. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the healing words.

    Thanks Lynne for these wise words. Blessings.

    Great analogy Lynne. Amen to your prayer!

    I was looking at your climate there, and I can understand why you need it. Great application. Have a blessed day.

    Thought of the hymn – There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.
    A good song to have in one’s head for the day! Thank you.

    Thanks, Lynne. You were applying balm for your soul while you were rubbing balm for your palms!
    God bless you.

    Dear Lynne,
    Yes, even here in southern Manitoba, my skin needs balm.
    Thanks for your devotional that kept building up to climax in the prayer.

    Wonderful Devotional. Thank you!
    Thought for tomorrow?
    It is better to pray in darkness, than to sin in the light.
    Blessings as aye.

    Hi Lynn,
    It is sometimes difficult to accept the harsh realities of life.
    I spent some time recently at the local Long Term Care Centre as one of the residents was nearing the end of her life. She had been in my Bible Class for many years, I’m going to miss her and yesterday I visited with a former missionary from our Church who had a stroke, paralyzed on her right side, can’t talk, or write, so sad. I have been agonizing over it for the last couple of days, so hard to come to grips with some of these things happening,
    Thank you for writing.

    Praise God for the healing balm of His Word. Where would our hearts be without it?!? Thanks Lynne!
    Down here in the normally balmy ‘wet’ coast/Lower mainland we have just come out of SIX weeks of below zero temps… haven’t seen my grass (since early Dec.) till yesterday! I enjoyed the cold and bright days, but the ice in the parking lot at church and in the cul-de-sac in front of my house was bad news. Anyway it’s all gone now and being rained away.
    No doubt you are under a blanket of white for some time to come… lighter days coming though. Enjoy your day!

    Thank you for your clear illustration of the healing power of God’s Word. We can access it wherever we are, and it will penetrate our hearts. What a blessing.

    Thank you, Lynne,
    Your wonderful reminder of the healing balm in our Bible readings and the reminder, too, of the beneficial nature of the creams that surround us for our bodies will prove helpful to many of your readers, I’m sure. My own hands are responding softly to their rubbing, as is my heart to God’s Word.

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