A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Cross”
I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed going to the doctor. In fact, I know several people who avoid doctor’s offices at all costs. They shrug their illness off as if it’s no big deal so they don’t have to step foot in the doctor’s office. However, the truth is that ignoring the illness only prolongs the problem.
Take a minute to read Mark 2:17 and Jesus’ description of His identity and purpose. Most people believed that He would come and overthrow the enemies of Israel and establish a kingdom of this world that would never be subdued or exiled again. However, Jesus tells a different story. He says His purpose is to heal the sick. He came to save sinners, not the righteous.
Scripture says that the inevitable end of the sickness of sin is death (Jas. 1:15). We are all dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). This is our condition. This we should be honest about. Ignoring the reality of our sickness doesn’t make it go away. Merely acknowledging to everyone that we are sick does not cure us.
We don’t go to the doctor just for the diagnosis. The diagnosis only proves the illness exists. We need healing, and it’s for this very reason that Jesus says He has come. The testimony of Scripture is if we truly know the Physician, we won’t be content staying in our sickness. We will run to Him for healing. With faith comes the acknowledgment of our sin. This is never easy, but going to the Great Physician and dealing with our sickness is the only way to get well.
Pause and Reflect
• Do you avoid the spiritual waiting room? Are you aware of the ways you stay away from the waiting room?
• Is your prayer life marked with regular conviction and repentance?