In this quick-fix, fast-food culture we are too easily deceived into believing that is we just “do” something our problems will go away. Now, changing certain behaviors can help and many times a change in behavior is necessary. But only changing our behavior can be like putting a bandage over a bleeding wound due to a splinter.
The bandage covers the wound and may stop the bleeding, but if the splinter remains the real source of pain isn’t actually dealt with. In fact, as long as it remains the wound will continue to fester and get worse until the “behavioral bandage” just doesn’t seem to be getting the job done anymore.
The key is to expose and deal with the deeper wound so that true healing can occur. When that is accomplished then the bandage really finds its healing use as it helps keep the cleansed wound clean.
Psalm 139:23-24 is a helpful prayer in this deep healing process:
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting!
(Psalm 139:23-24 ESV)
As we pray these verses we are opening our hearts to the Lord for his searching, trying, and exposing of our sins and our hurts. The Lord already knows what needs exposed for healing, but we are often blind (willfully or ignorantly) to those areas. This prayer is one to have the eyes of our hearts opened to see and know what the Lord sees and knows.
The psalm ends with the prayer for the grace to follow the Lord where He is leading in the healing process as He wisely knows how to proceed in healing us from the inside out.