Gilead was a region of ancient Palestine. This was the land that Moses was allowed to view before he died. It was a fertile land known for its balm, which was used for the healing of wounds.
In the book of Jeremiah, we find that God’s people have forsaken God’s laws and have turned to idol worship. This was a great concern for Jeremiah because he knew God would bring judgment to His people. In his great concern, he cried out: “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22) The answer is that there was no repentance for their sins, no application of the balm for the soul was not applied.
Today, we see a world walking in the darkness of sin in need of a balm for healing. There is a balm; it is the balm of salvation administered by accepting Christ through faith, believing that He has paid the price for sin at Calvary.
Indeed, “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole, there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.”