I have dear friends and family members who recently have received frightening news from their medical doctors – young or older – it doesn’t matter. The challenge has been, what to do – how to respond as a person who trusts God but also has a healthy respect for the medical profession?
Some panic… Some go into denial… Others despair… But what should a Christian do – a person with a healthy trust in the Lord? What should their default response be?
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read a partial response to that circumstance… PRAY!!! Pray passionately! Pray believing! PRAY!!! (And if the frightening diagnosis has come to a friend or family member… PRAY!!!
Here is what King David said in similar circumstances…Psalm 30 ESV)
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol (the grave); you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit!
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name! … Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
“To you, O Lord, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy! What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit (the grave)? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness… O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
So here’s the deal… If I get bad news from the doctor… I’m going to listen to the doctor’s diagnosis and advice (I’m grateful for those in the “helping community” after all)! But I’m also going to PRAY – PRAY FERVENTLY – and trust God to help and heal… He can (and does) you know!