As I pursued intimacy with my Father, as I dug into His Word about the Liver, He began to open my eyes to places where I had allowed deep grief and sadness to overwhelm my trust.
I had not trusted Him that I was truly loved, I hadn’t trusted Him that He was in charge. I lost hope about the things I had prayed for as long as I could remember. I thought that since I’d prayed for so long and didn’t see my answer yet, that He didn’t really care about those things.
The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick, and 2 Cor, 7:10 says that Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
We know that grief, fear, and worry contribute to cancer and disease.
A lack of trust in our Great, Creator God brings continual, unresolved grief.
When we think He has not heard our prayers, we lose hope.
The hopelessness almost became idolatry, I couldn’t have joy if I didn’t see the answer to the prayer.
One of the most difficult things about being a parent is seeing children seemingly walk away from God. Those of you that this has happened to will likely agree with me.
That is where my most personal and deepest grief has been, and I allowed my grief to make me sick.
It showed up in my liver and stomach and caused health issues.
This is where the lack of trust took me. I wasn't trusting that God loves my children even more than I do, and that He will do the work to bring them back. I wasn't resting on His promises.
Here is just one of the many verses where sickness and turmoil in the Liver and stomach are spoken about together as being a sign of grief and heaviness: Lamentations 2:11 My eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth for the destruction of the daughter of my people, because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
Some versions say "heart" instead of "Liver" but the Hebrew word is "kawbade" (liver, heaviness, grief, etc.) instead of the word for heart, which is "lev".
That is why it is really helpful to study it in Hebrew if you can.
So why is this important? So many verses talk about liver and grief together, most of them talk about grief over sin, or over children in sin, or over the punishment for disobedience.
So what do we do about that? We study His promises, we repent where we need to, we forgive where we need to, and we stand on His Word. That is the answer to healing the liver and stomach. Learning to honor, learning to trust, learning to forgive, and making sure that you let God be God and realize that you are not. His yoke is easy and His burden is light!