Counseling One Another

Helping you grow in God's all-sufficient truth and grace

Counseling One Another

The Greatest Physician [Guest Testimony]

One of the aspects of this blog ministry I did not anticipate is the interaction I would have with readers via email or posted comments. This has been a tremendous encouragement to me as we strive together to grow in our effectiveness as ministers of God’s truth and grace to one another. The letter below was delivered to my Inbox yesterday. It’s a wonderfully grace-filled, God-glorifying testimony of the Lord as our Healer. It reads somewhat like a modern-day illustration of that poor woman in Mark 5:25-26, who came to Jesus, having spent her every last drachma on medical specialists only to still be in need of healing. Whether or not God provides any secondary means to bring His healing to us, He is always, and ultimately, the One to turn to and trust. Powerful reminder!

Hi Paul,
In having gone through all the options given to people in treating depression I can’t help but hurt to see so many limits placed upon our Heavenly Father. I do believe there is help to a certain degree in counsel and physical problems, but I believe that our Lord is still the Greatest Physician, the wonderful Counselor, our Redeemer and Deliverer. I went through years of battling depression and other “mental issues” only to find that the pill popping, shock therapy, psychiatric solutions used brought upon me greater confusion and imprisonment. Without the power of God these problems are really never uprooted or resolved. There is so much I could share in regards to all this. Like I said, it hurts to see how the “world” is given the place of our primary care physician when our Heavenly Father is being limited and so often left as a last resort. The Lord has brought me through so much in my life and I know He is limitless in His power, love, mercy and grace. Let us all open our hearts and lives to a God that has the greatest plans and purposes for every individual. To Him be the glory now and forever. Amen
Thank you, Paul, for caring for the children of God.

Print this entry

One Comment

  1. We live in a “quick fix” world where our self-life cries out for a quick answer to our problems. The physical dilemmas don’t always have quick fixes and sometimes the medical community has no answer. After all they are men. The post makes a good point about our need for God and I would suggest even before we see a doctor we need God to help us be wise in our interaction with the medical community. Then when we move to the spiritual realm we know that a “quick fix” is not God’s plan. In fact, “fixing” things is not the biblical model. Change into Christlikeness is a slow and continued process. But how hard it is to move away from “just fix this problem in my wife and son” to a different mindset of, “God help me to see your grace at work in them through the Word and be patient with them the way you are patient with me.” I especially think of people who have lived with thinking, desiring, worshipping, and doing for years in unbiblical and ungodly ways. How much we must do to help them apply truth and grace to their lives for a good period of time. And of course there are times like this week where someone we are trying to help does not “get it.” They don’t see their error and pride. They believe the problem is with those around them. After having spent around 6 hours with this person I have as yet not heard them take responsibility for what has gone wrong in their lives. It hurts just to think about the continued trouble that lays ahead of them.