“Time heals all wounds” says the popular cliché. I don’t know if time really heals but we are finding that it brings clarity. I believe that God heals the wounded heart, according to His Word:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (Isa 61:1, emphasis mine).
As time moves on, we begin to reason, think, meditate, pray, discern and trust with increasing clarity. The doubt and condemnation still creep in, however, and therefore we find ourselves “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2Co 10:5). We receive comfort and strength to stand on the truth of God’s Word and also to understand His heart as He has revealed it to us:
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? (Eze 18:23)
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. (Eze 18:32)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2Pe 3:9)
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (Jas 2:13)
Over time, we have believed more in God’s mercy and His desire that those whom He created would repent from their ways, turn their hearts to Him and not be eternally separated (die, perish) from their loving Creator. What our enemy has meant for evil, God is working for His good (see Gen 50:20 and Rom 8:28). As the time span grows from the birth of our grief, the noise of the initial voices fades and we hear more clearly the voice of truth.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jer 29:11-13 – My note: Though written to the kingdom of Judah for after its 70 years of Babylonian captivity was completed, I believe it is a revelation of God’s heart towards those whom He loves.)