The Great Physician. He did not answer my prayer. BUT HE DID SAVE MY LIFE!In 1985, I was on my way home from work due to a severe pain in my stomach. I scheduled an appointment with the doctor. He scheduled a series of tests, looking for the source of the pain. All the tests results came back negative, and the doctor gave me a clean bill of health. Throughout the next two years, my body kept giving me warning signs that something was not right. As many of us do, I ignored what my body was telling me. In 1987, I again visited the doctor, but this time it was for an unrelated pain. He recommended I have surgery. I had the surgery, and after four days I was released to recover at home. During this time, the severe pain that I had experienced two years ago came back with a vengeance. The pain got to the point of being so unbearable, that my wife suggested I go to the emergency room. After several tests, I was sent home. Again, nothing was found that would cause this much pain. After three trips to the emergency room, the pain became so intense that I was literally pounding the walls with my fist desperately trying to find some relief.
I began to pray like I had never prayed in my life. I threw my self on the bed and cried out “LORD YOU ARE THE CREATOR OF THIS BODY; PLEASE REMOVE THIS PAIN.” God did not answer my desperate call. Once again I went to the emergency room. This time I went in with two pains: the physical pain and a spiritual pain deep within my heart. I always had faith that I was serving a real God, yet He was not caring for me like I had trusted.
The emergency staff called my family doctor, who instructed them to proceed with admission to the hospital. During this time, the question, “Am I serving a dead God?” kept flowing through my mind. The Doctor came and gave us the news that surgery had been scheduled. He told my wife that the surgery would take, at most, twenty minutes. After three hours, the doctor told my wife that my gallbladder had detached itself from my system and had developed gangrene. Part of my intestines had to be removed. The doctor said that I was lucky to be alive. For ten days I didn’t eat or drink. I was being kept alive by intravenous feeding.
My parents would visit me and find me in tears. They would try to encourage me, but they didn’t realize that the hurt that I felt within me was that hurt that you feel when someone has let you down. I never expected that someone to be MY GOD. I was released from the hospital and began my road to a physical recovery. This young man that had placed his trust in God became doubtful, resentful, and untrusting. In other words, my faith was shaken. The days passed, and one day as I was driving home, I tuned in a Christian radio station. A song came on, and I felt the Holy Spirit take the words of that song and drive them deep into my heart. I knew at that instant why God had not answered my call for help that day in my bed. The words of the song said, “For no one knows the sin that lies within that you refuse to share.”
I broke into a rejoicing cry because He was speaking to me through His Holy Spirit. Physically, God was telling me there is a rotting flesh within you that needs to be removed. It must be cut away or you will surely die physically. Spiritually, He was saying sin is the same as that gangrene. It will cause you pain and eventually take your life if it goes unchecked. No one but the Great Physician can perform spiritual surgery and cut away that rot called sin.
I have learned to deeply trust Him no matter what I go through. Through my physical restoration, I have come to understand that God is also concerned about my spiritual renewal. Although I thought God did not have my best interest in mind, He showed me that He loved me and He cared enough to send His Son to the cross so that you and I don’t have to die in decaying sin, but that through Him, we may have EVERLASTING LIFE.
Friend, if you have a pain in your body, whether it’s physical or deep down in your heart, only The Great Physician can help you.
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