There is a Balm in Gilead


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Every once in a while, I like to share my faith through my blog posts and how it helps me navigate life much more easily compared with other folks I know. I have to state that this is one of such posts.

Please feel free to move on to the next blog if you do not like to read about these kinds of stuff because I wouldn’t in any way hold it against you.

But, I know that there is a bigger and greater power that controls the world and all its systems. And for me, that greater power belongs to God. That is why I love to talk about Him and often dedicate some of my blog posts to sharing what I know about Him; just like this post, you are about to read.

So, let’s dive right in.

If you are a fan of the Royal couple (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) just as I am, then I am sure you must have watched the solemnization of their union on May 19th, 2018.

I did watch the entire ceremony and in fact, had to wake up really early (I live in the EST time zone) so as not to miss any second of their beautiful wedding ceremony.

Without any doubt, that ceremony was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever witnessed whether on television or in person. The love between the Royal couple was clearly palpable and it was a beautiful ceremony to be a part of.

However, apart from the clearly obvious love-smitten couple that was both fun and adorable to watch, another high point of the ceremony was when the sermon was preached by Bishop Michael Curry.

If you had been paying very close attention to it, you may have heard him use the phrase, “there is a Balm in Gilead.” But, just in case you didn’t know what that meant, or who the Balm is, that Bishop Curry had referred to, this post might be able to shed some more light for you.

The Balm in Gilead is the One who loves us so much to the extent that He went all the way and sacrificed His life for us (John 3:16). That Balm is none other than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

You see, the reason I am able to go through life and continue to weather all its challenges as though they no longer exist is because of the soothing and relaxing effect that the Balm provides for me.

Life can be incredibly tough. And sometimes, we just wish for all the troubles, challenges, problems and heartaches that life does bring to somehow disappear.

But, the truth is that our problems and troubles will not just automatically disappear. We have to do something about them, otherwise, we may become overrun by all of them combined.

I don’t know about you, but I have sometimes found myself in situations when all I wanted was for all my problems to disappear into thin air and never show up again.

But, in being reasonable as well as human, we know that may not exactly be the case. Our problems would not go anywhere except we take the step to do something about them.

And that is where the Balm Bishop Curry talked about, comes in.

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You do not have to go through life dealing with all your problems alone. The Balm in Gilead is ever waiting to take all of that problem off your heart and shoulders.

But, He wouldn’t just show up and wipe away all those tears or lift off the heaviness from off your shoulders if you do not give Him the permission to come in.

For instance, no matter how good my intentions may seem, I will not be able to just crash into your home if I haven’t received an invite from you.

In the same vein, the Balm of Gilead, though with the best of intentions will not be able to come make your journey through life more seamless, if you do not give Him the permission to do so.

So, why would you want to suffer through this life all by yourself?

The reason so many people are struggling with several issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction, etc. is because they are actually going through life on their own with no one to turn to and with no help in sight.

Don’t get me wrong though. I am not in any way saying I still do not have challenges and trials that I have to contend with on a daily basis. But like insurance, I am unperturbed because I know the Balm in Gilead is always working behind the scenes to make sure everything works out well for me.

So, my dear friend and reader, what are you still waiting for?

You do not have to suffer through life all by yourself. Life is already tough and very difficult as it is. And you do not have to make it more difficult by having to bear its sufferings alone.

You have someone who is ever ready to lift that load off your shoulders, give you peace that surpasses our human understanding (Philippians 4:7) and ensures you enjoy life to the full (John:10:10).

Jesus is the Balm in Gilead and He is waiting patiently at the door of your heart. I hope you will extend an invitation to Him because He said in Matthew 11: 28 that, “come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest!

God bless you!!!

Peace and Love,


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