“saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.””
Exodus 15:26 ESV
As you are reading through the Bible this year, it will be a great exercise for you to take note of any time a new name for God is introduced. We talked about that on Day 017: Seeking After the God Who Sees , when Hagar named God El-Roi. But here is a name the LORD gives Himself:
I love the context. In Exodus 15, the Israelites came to a spring in the desert. They had gone three days without water, so I’m sure they were beyond excited when they found this spring. Yet when they bent to drink, the water was bitter. So Yahweh Rapha writes Moses a prescription: throw this log in the spring, and the water will become sweet. Moses obeyed, and the people were satisfied.
Then God made the promise in verse 26: keep doing what you just did, and I’ll continue to do what I just did. You had a need. You cried out to Me. I told you what to do. You obeyed. I met the need.
The easiest prescriptions are sometimes the hardest ones to trust. “Throw a log in the water? That’s like saying ‘take two aspirin and call me in the morning. Naaaah— there has to be more to it than that!”
And in a sense, there is. God did not say, “This is the log, your healer.” He said, I am the Lord, your healer.
Not “Log Rapha.”
To use a current analogy (and I promise I’m not trying to stir the pot between vaxxers and anti-vaxxers), it is not the act of simply sticking a needle in your arm that will protect you from anything. It’s the medicine in the needle. That’s where the efficacy is. The needle is merely the delivery system for the power of the medicine.
And by that analogy, the needle stick is the step of obedience. It’s your willingness to take the doctor at his word that the medicine is what you need. It’s Moses throwing the log in the water.
The challenge for us is whether we will take God at his word. Will we bring our needs to Him? Will we follow His instructions? He can make what is bitter in your life sweet. But we have to trust him enough to throw the log.