The arthritis symptoms in my body are increasing, along with the pain. I am not telling you this for sympathy, but to share a recent Holy Ghost aha moment.

During a visit to my arthritis doctor this week, he asked me a series of questions about the increasing symptoms. He noted them on his laptop. Then he presented me with possible medicines and interventions. He said he wanted to be sure that whatever we decided met his criteria.

“What is your criteria, doctor?” I asked.”

He answered, “Whatever I prescribe for you must be safe, effective, affordable, and well- tolerated.”

I got excited and asked him to repeat his prescription criteria again, so that I could write it down. I did not want to forget it. I was excited because I immediately thought about the Great Physician, Jesus. Here are the reasons why I was so excited:

  • Just as we trust our human doctors with our health issues, we can trust Jesus even more. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8, NLT).

  • The doctor wants his remedy for your ailment to be safe. Jesus only has safe remedies. “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does” (Psalm 145:17, NIV).

  • The doctor hopes his treatment is effective. Jesus cannot fail. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11, KJV).

  • A good doctor considers the affordability of the medicine he prescribes. Jesus already paid the price for our healing. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, KJV).

  • The doctor hopes that his treatment is well-tolerated. All of Jesus’ treatments are acceptable and praise-worthy. “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for you are my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14, KJV).

Thank God for Jesus! Yes, I am going to do all that my human doctor has prescribed. But my trust is in the Great Physician, Jesus, who cannot fail. I will keep you abreast of my progress.

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