“Never recover.” When we hear this phrase, we naturally attribute it with the negative connotation that a person will never recover from some unforeseen circumstance – an accident, a debilitating disease, a health crisis, etc. It bears the harsh reality that we or someone we care about will never again be the same; that circumstances have so drastically altered our life and perspective that we will never recover and experience life as we once knew it.
But there is another aspect of “never recover” that we rarely – if ever – consider. It bears the powerful reality that our life has been so utterly altered and transformed by God that we never recover; having seen and experienced God in all His magnificence and goodness, we are never the same. Life as we once knew it in our darkness and misery and lostness has taken on new meaning and significance through the transforming work of God’s steadfast love and mercy and grace. No longer bound by sin and shame, we are free to live for God. Crushed by the overwhelming weight of God’s mercy and grace, we are free to worship Him and rejoice in the One who overcomes the world.
A heart once pierced by acute and unbearable brokenness discovers the Great Physician who heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds…never recovers.
A mind once tormented by hopelessness and despair discovers the Source of all hope and peace…never recovers.
A life once traumatized by the enemy of our souls discovers the Deliverer who wears the victor’s crown…never recovers.
A childhood once robbed of its innocence and suffering neglect discovers the perfect and unconditional love of the Father…never recovers.
A soul once scarred by years of worldly, self-medicating solutions to ease pain discovers the redeeming love and grace of Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals…never recovers.
A life once conditioned to believe they are too far gone and sinned far too much to be forgiven discovers the Savior who removes their transgressions far from them…never recovers.
A heart once in bondage to years of bitterness and anger and resentment discovers the Victor who destroys every stronghold…never recovers.
A conscience once numb and insensitive to the biblical truth of right and wrong discovers the Truth who leads them in the way everlasting…never recovers.
A life once buried in a grave of sin and regret and shame discovers the Voice that calls the dead to life…never recovers.
Eyes once blinded and darkened to the beauty of redemption discover the Light who gives sight to the blind and makes the darkness flee…never recover.
A tongue once mute to sing the praises of God discovers the Musician who puts a new song in their mouth…never recovers.
What a powerful and life-altering transformation takes place when we finally discover that only God can heal our brokenness; that only God can bring everlasting hope and peace to our troubled minds; that only God can deliver us from the clutches of the enemy; that only God can speak the Father’s love to a wounded and neglected childhood; that only God can forgive what we deem unforgivable; that only God can destroy every stronghold in our lives; that only God can bring life to what is dead in us; that only God can bring light to our spiritual blindness and make the darkness flee; that only God can put a new song in our mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. For when we fully grasp and discover the enormity of who God is and all He does for us, we never recover – we are never again the same. Praise God!
In God’s divine love,