One day, Emma felt terribly ill, so she was glad her doctor was in. The doctor checked her out, smiled, and then left the room.
A few minutes later, the doctor’s assistant returned with three bottles of pills. Emma looked surprised.
“You need to take the green pill with a big glass of water when you first wake up,” the medical assistant said. “Then take the yellow pill with water after lunch. And right before you head to bed, take the orange pill with another glass of water.”
Emma, suddenly overcome with fear, blurted out, “This is terrible! What’s wrong with me? Why do I have to take so much medicine?”
“Oh, it’s not about the meds,” the assistant said. “You’re just not drinking enough water!”
Sometimes the simplest solutions are best, but we miss them. So we get a lot of “prescriptions” that are likely unnecessary.
[Don’t misunderstand me. I am all for medical prescriptions that are needed, often crucial. But some healing doesn’t require “meds” at all. Spiritually speaking, there might be something else we’re missing.]
God, our Great Physician, hears our hurts and HE is the best prescription for our “heart needs.”
We may clamor for other “prescriptions.” We may think we need something from God. But the truth is, we need God Himself.
Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
But He also said, “You refuse to come to me” (John 5:40). (Foolish, right?)
That second scripture is true of lost humanity that rejects Christ. But in one sense, it’s also true for the believer.
We scurry around looking for other solutions in our times of need. Sometimes we even make good things—our church, our Bibles, our ministry—little gods in our lives, hoping they can solve our issues.
We only come running to the Lord when all else fails us. We’re so slow to learn.
John 15:5 is changing my life. I keep telling myself, over and over, “Remember: without Jesus, you can’t do anything!”
I know in my heart this is true for all of us.
Even our goodness, apart from Jesus, is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6a).
John Piper shared the example of a paralyzed man who could do nothing for himself but talk. But a strong and reliable friend came to live with the man and help him. The paralyzed man had nothing but praise for this caring friend.
That is how I must see my state.
I can do nothing apart from the grace of God. But who can tell what I might do IN His grace?
I can only bear fruit in my life and ministry when I come to God in prayer in my time of need (Hebrews 4:16) and rest in my position in Christ.* And when I do, this glorifies the Father (John 15:7-8). And my heart fills with praise to Him.
The Doctor is in, but we must come to Him.
Is there any area of your life where you’re still trying to go it alone? Do you need a “come to the Doctor” moment?
Also: see my Heart Choices Today post about being “in Christ.”