Hey all. As I continue to reflect on the names of God, I want to share with you one that really made an impact on me recently. For those that have not been reading, I began the year with the conviction that I needed to shift my focus more towards the unchanging nature of the God who cares about every aspect of my life and off negative news and circumstances. One way that I have found helpful is to consider a name of God (there are over 1000 in scripture) along with the implications of that name in life today. I have found it encouraging every single time. I found that particularly true this week.
PHYSICIAN: The actual title of physician for God is used only 1 time that could find, and that is in Luke 4:23 when Jesus is speaking about himself. Jesus healed many people when he was ministering on earth, but called Jesus the physician is so much more than a description of his ministry on earth. When Jesus named himself as physician, it was right on the heels of declaring for the first time to people that he was the Messiah. He did this by reading an OT prophecy and telling them that this prophecy had been fulfilled in himself. It was a prophecy about bringing good news, healing, bringing freedom and vision and declaring God’s favor. The implications of this are amazing. Jesus as our physician, like any good physician, is interested not only in fixing our symptoms, but bringing healing to the whole person.
If you visit a good physician, they will not simply listen to you speak about your aches and pains or problems and prescribe a drug. They will dig, question and then diagnose the underlying issue and then decide the best treatment. Sometimes the treatment is painful. I remember having to do physical therapy to treat a problem and to be honest, the therapy was as painful as the original problem that sent me to the doctor. Jesus is our physician. He always perfectly diagnoses and understands the underlying problem for us. He loves us so much he is not content with a band-aid approach. He wants to heal all of us, and he will do whatever it takes to get this done. Sometimes it feels like the cure is more painful and we’d rather just take some pain meds rather than deal with the deep issues. But he desires to heal us from past hurts and traumas. He wants to fix our faulty thinking and harmful behaviors that damage us. He wants to correct our incorrect beliefs and the fractures in our souls. He wants us to heal from the pain of grief and loss. He likes to restore broken relationships.
A friend of mind recently had serious surgery, and he resolved to do everything the doctors told him to do to recover even though it was difficult and inconvenient. Because he followed their instructions, he healed well and completely. I wonder if the things facing us in our lives is part of our Jesus’ way of inviting us to let him diagnose and treat a problem, even though we might only want him to fix the pain. He is our physician and loves us too much to be that shallow. So let’s let him diagnose our issues and then embrace the cure he puts in front of us. After all, he cares and loves for his patients more than any earthly physician.
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