Wells of healing water

One evening at a church service, when people were telling how God had healed them, I felt a wonderful affirmation of God’s universal, unconditional love for us all. It became clear that everyone was loved by God, and that each of us deserved to be healed. Healing wasn’t something we had to earn, or something that was for some people and not for others, or even that healing was something that we had to do. The message was a certainty that God healed, and that such healing was all about God’s love for everyone.

The Bible assures us that God is Love, and that God’s love is always present, wherever we are (see I John 4:8, Psalms 139:7). As God’s loved sons and daughters, we cannot be separated from that love. That’s a fact, even if we may not feel it at a particular time. It’s right there, expressed perhaps as a feeling of comfort, a sense of safety or peace, or the practical meeting of a need.

Among my favorite Bible stories is one that helpfully illustrates the fact of God’s ongoing and unconditional love. It’s about Hagar and her son, who were sent off into the wilderness with only some bread and a bottle of water. When they had drunk the water, Hagar wept bitterly, fearing that without more water her son would die. But God called out to her, telling her not to be afraid. Then He showed her a well of water, apparently right there where she was, and both Hagar and her son were saved (see Genesis 21:9–20).

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