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Listening to the Doctor’s Orders

Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgOver the last couple of days – bronchitis has invaded my body. Bronchitis is defined as a chronic or acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes according to dictionary.search.yahoo.com.

I’ve been to the doctors and received a breathing treatment – which has helped my oxygen levels. I was sent home with an inhaler and some antibiotics. I also OD on Halls menthol cough suppressants. Thanks to some dear friends I have an amble supply. At night I use NyQuil to get to sleep – listening to my wheezing.

To review – I was coughing and was having a hard time breathing. I went to my doctor’s walk-in clinic and the nurse practitioner treated me and sent me home with prescriptions. Today – day two of the meds and day four of the breathing problems – I am starting to feel better but thought against going into the office. I had showered – dressed – and was on my way when I had another coughing episode and returned home. No need exposing others to my sickness (Becky – our director of pastoral care tried to get me to go home on Tuesday). I’m working at my desk at home and I think tomorrow morning I will be back on par (he writes as he pops another halls). I plan to go into the office tomorrow – my day off – to catch up with the last few days.

OK – so I’m blessed to have health insurance and a doctor to turn to when I have an earthly sickness. The treatment is making me well again – in time. Who do I turn to when I have spiritual issues? Of course the answer is Jesus – but – my question is – do we really turn to Him?

When I left the doctor’s office on Wednesday – I was given certain instructions to follow in order to return to good health. If I followed their instructions – and so far I have – I would more than likely get well – but what about the instructions that God gives us? When we are spiritually sick – in need of healing – do we turn to God? Do we in turning to God – listen to His commands and teachings?

Read with me today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 121:1-8 – 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

David knew where to turn when he was in need – but he also knew that he needed to turn away from his sin and rely on God. He repented of his sinful ways – he returned to a faithful walk with God – and counted on God to get him through the difficult times.

God is not a Genie in a bottle that we conjure up when the mood strikes us. God is able and willing to help us – in good times and bad – but we need to build our relationship with God. Let’s think on that for a while – seek His face while we desire His grace. Seek after – yearn for – the Lord throughout your life – and He will be there when you need Him.  Follow the many instructions in the Bible – the doctor’s orders.  For example – Jesus tells us – if we love Him – to obey what He commands.  John 14:15 – If you love me, keep my commands.  Obeying the instructions from the Doctor is so very important – obeying the commands of Jesus!  Doing it our own way will keep us in sickness.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

July 10, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Get well soon!


    Comment by Emily | July 10, 2014 | Reply

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