by PamFord Davis
8/09/2011 / Devotionals
I want a name to pin on my symptoms when leaving a doctor's office. It somehow gives me a feeling of accomplishment to know there is a definite diagnosis and reason for suffering. I take a stuffy nose, coughing, chest congestion and fever more seriously if the doctor determines I have a bad case of the flu. A common cold must just run its course, while the flu is cause for greater concern.
Some doctors may hesitate to give us a negative diagnosis wanting to spare our feelings. I would rather know in order to deal with the situation in the best way possible. King Hezekiah received his news not from a physician but from a prophet. "In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, 'This is what the Lord says: 'Put your affairs in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover (Isaiah 38:15 HCS)." Diagnosis: Terminal.
Hezekiah did not seek the assistance of a cancer center or drugs from across the border; he sought deliverance from God. The Lord answered his urgent prayers and Isaiah delivered the good news. "I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I am going to add 15 years to your life (Isaiah 38:5b HCS)." No situation is hopeless, the worse things appear the more likely we are to turn to God. Diagnosis: Deliverance.
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal and more. Devotions included in Mary HollingsworthÃ¢s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
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